(After an unexpected trip out of the country….and some technical difficulties posting to my blog…Mid-week Meditation is back!)
Several years ago I moved into a condo and for the first few months something really bugged me. On my house key and the front door lock the name of the key company was written: “Fruitless”. Every time I would leave or return to my home I would see that word “fruitless” and it would make me mad. First of all, why would a company want that name? Being fruitless is not a good thing. And second, God tells me (and us) in His message that He has chosen us and appointed us to bear fruit. “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Every time I looked at my lock I almost felt as if the enemy was trying to mock me, attempting to label me fruitless.
Then one day after a few months, I looked at my key and instead of the word “fruitless” I saw the word “faultless”. What? I looked again and I realized that the word on the key did not say fruitless at all…it actually said faultless. Really. When I came home I looked at the lock on the door and there it was again…faultless. What? I figured out that the font was written in such a way that what I was reading as fruitless all that time actually said faultless.
I was so excited! I started to think about how Jesus, through His blood and cleansing, has redeemed us and made us faultless before the Father. On our own we are full of faults but redeemed by Jesus we stand before God without stain or blemish. Check out what the Bible says about it: “But now He (God) has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in His sight, without blemish and free from accusation— if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. (Colossians 1:22-23). And in Romans 5:9: “Since we have now been justified by His (Jesus’) blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him!” Amen!
Now, my eyesight is better than 20/20 so I don’t know how I misread the word “faultless” all that time. But from then on, every time I looked at the lock I saw the word faultless so clearly. Maybe I thought of myself in the wrong light, as fruitless rather than faultless, so my brain just read it that way. I want to start seeing myself more and more as the person who God says I am (chosen, loved, accepted, forgiven, royalty, friend of God, etc) rather than what I so often see and dwell on…which is negative.
This week I encourage you to take some time to read more in the Bible about who God says you are…the true you…the you He created you to be. You are precious in His sight, loved and highly favored. Pick a verse, meditate on it, then choose to believe it by faith and live it out.
+How do you view yourself? Through what God says about you in His word, or through your own opinions?
+Do you take time regularly to slow down and meditate on what Jesus has done to make you blameless before God?
+What are some verses that you can print out and read each day to remind yourself of who you are in God’s eyes?
God, You are so gracious and loving. Thank You for sending Jesus to redeem me, and as I am in Him, I am blameless in your sight. Help me to grasp more fully how much You love me and how You see me, as the person I will be in the end, rather than the “work in progress” that I am now. Amen.