“21 At one time you were separated from God. You were his enemies in your minds, and the evil things you did were against God. 22 But now God has made you his friends again. He did this through Christ’s death in the body so that he might bring you into God’s presence as people who are holy, with no wrong, and with nothing of which God can judge you guilty. 23 This will happen if you continue strong and sure in your faith. You must not be moved away from the hope brought to you by the Good News that you heard. That same Good News has been told to everyone in the world, and I, Paul, help in preaching that Good News.” -Colossians 1:21-23 NCV
Can you imagine we were once called enemies of God?
I grew up in church and I’ve been a Christian for as long as I can remember. But there was a time when man was separated from God and we couldn’t experience the relationship with God we freely get to experience now.
When I think about this, it makes me so grateful that God would send his only son to die for me. My relationship with God allows me to go through life with a supernatural covering. In situations where other people might give up, I can keep going because when my strength ends, God’s strength can sustain me. I’m at peace during times it doesn’t make sense to be at peace. I honestly don’t know how I would live my life without the Holy Spirit. His love is the most incredible thing I have ever experienced. I can’t imagine having to live separate from God and being called his enemy. But now, we are no longer enemies. God has called us into his presence and we are holy and blameless as we stand before him without a single fault. How awesome is that?
I love the Good News that we are now considered friends of God. We are called into the presence of God and we get to experience intimacy with the Holy Spirit which once wasn’t possible.
God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit (2 Corin. 5-5).
The Holy Spirit is always present and wants to communicate with us, but it’s hard for us to hear from Him if we’re not being intentional about spending time with Him. The Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life (John 3:6 NLT) and helps us in our weakness (Romans 8:26 NLT). We shouldn’t take this special relationship for granted. There is so much power available to us through the Holy Spirit, but we can’t connect to it if we don’t have a relationship with God. Growing in our relationship with the Holy Spirit is also an opportunity for others to see God working in our lives.
And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. – Mark 16:15 NLT
We should look for opportunities to spread the Good News of being reconciled with God. Everybody on earth needs to hear the Good News and it’s essential toward experiencing an amazing relationship with God on earth and spending eternity with Him in heaven. It’s definitely easier to share the Good News with others if we have a personal relationship with God for ourselves, so don’t take the Good News for granted. Don’t choose to be God’s enemy again when He has already called you his friend. Seek His friendship, experience an intimate relationship with God for yourself, and share what is available to us through Christ with others.