“And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, He has now reconciled in His body of flesh by His death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before Him” (Colossians 1:21-22)
Coming to faith and being reconciled with God is not about some minor adjustments in your life. It’s not like you are doing quite well on yourself but need Jesus’ help to put the dots on the “i”. Deep within, every human is “hostile in mind, doing evil deeds”. It’s Jesus’ mission to transform them completely into people who are “holy and blameless and above reproach”, reconciled with God.
In fact, this transformation is so fundamental that the Bible compares it to a new birth. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17). If you are born again, you become a new person.
And yet, believers don’t live up to the standard described here. They are not blameless and above reproach. That’s because the process of their sanctification is not yet finished. Jesus’ goal is to present them completely holy before the Father — and He is able to do this as Jude 1:24 assures us. He will fulfill His purpose for us (Psalm 138:8).
Are you born again?