· Kerry Shook
“Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into His glorious presence without a single fault.”
Jude 24 (NLT)
This is one of the most glorious truths we must remind ourselves of daily! We all battle with discouragement and doubts. Our accuser often comes when we are struggling only to reinforce our insecurity and condemn us for our faults. Before long we feel like dropping out. Then we read what seems to be too unbelievable to be true – that “God will bring (us) with great joy into His glorious presence without a single fault.” Without a single fault? Seriously? How will He do that? The next verse tell us, “…through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Jude 25) This is a righteousness that comes by faith. We are declared right with God, not on the basis of what we do, but on the basis of what Christ did for us! Because He took upon Himself all our sins at the cross, we can be forgiven and considered righteous through His sacrifice on our behalf! Clothed in His righteousness, God sees us without a single fault! How amazing is that! His acceptance and love are not based on our performance but on our position in Christ! This will not only change how you see yourself, but it will change how you relate to others in the family of God. We must learn to see ourselves as God sees us in Christ. When we do, we will live in the freedom with which Christ has set us free, free to be all that God has called us to be and to do all that He has called us to do without the limitations of self-doubt. Colossians 1:21-22 puts it like this:
“This includes you who were once far away from God. You were His enemies, separated from Him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now He has reconciled you to Himself through the death of Christ in His physical body. As a result, He has brought you into His own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before Him without a single fault:”
Let that sink in. Read it again slowly. It presents a whole new way of thinking and how you view yourself and others before God. Because it’s so easy to forget, the Bible adds this next verse, “But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News.” (Colossians 1:23 NLT).