Saturday, April 19, 2014

Q is for Qualified

hikanoo` - to make sufficient

Colossians 1:9-14  For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.  And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way:  bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.  For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Yesterday was Good Friday for Christians and those who aren't, some of you anyway, benefitted with a day off maybe.  It was Good Friday and tomorrow is Resurrection Sunday.  Those two days and the day in-between brought you, yes you, a gift.  You are now qualified to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.  You have been rescued from the dominion of darkness and you have been brought into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom you have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.  Whether you believes this or not, you have been qualified.

See, without the original Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday you and I were unqualified and stood insufficient  to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.

Without that Good Friday 2000 plus years ago, we were only allowed to share in the inheritance of the lost in the kingdom of darkness.

Now we are qualified - we have the necessary skill, experience, or knowledge to do a particular job or activity; we have the qualifications to do something - we are qualified.

The Resurrection has made us qualified to live as children of Light, not of darkness.  Before Good Friday we weren't qualified.

The Resurrection has qualified us to live in the kingdom of the Son God the Father loves.  Before Good Friday we were only qualified to live in the kingdom of the one who hates God.

The Resurrection has qualified us to live a life worthy of the Lord.  Before Good Friday our only qualifications were to live a life in opposition of the Lord and His goodness.

The Resurrection has qualified us to bear fruit in our good works.  Before Good Friday our good works did nothing to please God.

The Resurrection has qualified us to grow in the knowledge of God.  Before Good Friday our only knowledge was of what opposed God's knowledge.

The Resurrection has  qualified us to be strengthened with all power according to his glorious might.  Before Good Friday our power was used for our motives and purposes, not God's.

The Resurrection qualified us to have great endurance and patience.  Before Good Friday we could only give up and give in to the temptations of sin and defeat.

The Resurrection qualified us to joyfully give thanks to the Father.  Before Good Friday we could only complain and curse God.

We're qualified.  We got the job!  Do you want it?  Do you want the blessings and benefits and responsibility that comes with being qualified to live as a child of light?  Or would you rather stay working in your dead end job as a child of darkness?

Everything has been done for you to live as a child of the Light.  Everything.  You've got the promotion.  You're qualified.

Q is for Qualified.

Peace,
Ronda

Things to chew on tonight and on Resurrection Sunday:
1.  As a believer, what qualifications can you thank God for?
2.  As a believer, what qualifications do you need reminding of more often today?
3.  As an unbeliever, what keeps you from stepping out and taking the job you've been qualified for?

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