You are empowered in the dynamic of God’s strength; his mind is made up about you! He enables you to be strong in endurance and steadfastness with joy. (His glorious power, or doxa, comes from dokeo, to recognize for what it really is, true opinion; God’s intention—his mind made up.)
Colossians 1:11 by Mirror Bible
Are you stuck in your ways? Do you describe yourself as a stubborn person?. Have you declared that you will never change your mind about a particular topic? This might not be a bad thing. Maybe you are just like your Daddy.
If you believe that you will never change your mind, you are in good company. God already made up His mind about you and has never changed. Thankfully, He is very stubborn when it comes to His opinions concerning you.
Jesus is God’s mind made up about you.
When did this happen? Before you were born. Not the standard answer you get in many religious circles and institutions. Man’s religion thrives on returning and paying customers. Pay for this, pay for that, until you earn God’s approval. How about finding out His opinion first? Is His Love and approval something that you have to pay for daily, weekly, or yearly? What if the bill was already paid because God choose to “prematurely” make up His mind?
God made up His mind about your sin before you even knew what it was. He decided long before that you were born how He was going to deal with you falling short of perfection. This is beautifully said in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the early church in Ephesus when he said,
Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation).
Ephesians 2:5 Amplified Bible
His decision about your sin was premeditated. Before you were born, He decided through His Son to give you the privilege of having the very same Life. That is sin-free eternal Life.
The evidence of God’s opinion of you is exampled in the person of Jesus. As a man, He was driven to take your sin upon Himself, bare the shame, and deal with your screw-ups once and for all. Jesus made up His Dad’s mind on the sin-matter through His permanent actions. Your sin is not unique enough to get Him to change His plan or His mind now or any time.
The Mirror Bible renders 2 Corinthians 1:20-21 like this:
In him the detail of every single promise of God is fulfilled; Jesus is God’s yes to your total well being! In our union with him the Amen that echoes in us gives evidence to his glorious intent through us. God himself endorses this union that we enjoy in Christ.
Jesus is your “YES” to the question, “Can I know what God thinks of me?” Yes, His mind is made up and He’s not changing it. Enjoy His opinion of you today and stop trying to pay for it!
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