Rob here. What a great poem in the last post (a heart for poetry). I loved the image of God sweeping our hearts clean. It reminds me of this verse;
“Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault (NLT).”
Stunning. Amazing. Incredible. Let’s face it, it makes no sense to us. I know I have faults that are too numerous to name here. I’m sure my wife could add a few more and my fellow staff members even more than that. But my faults/shortcomings are not who I really am! In Christ and through Christ I am holy and blameless and stand before God without a single fault. Perfect. Righteous. Good. Yes, really.
How can that be? There are two aspects. One is the “death of Christ in his physical body.” This reconciles us to God. Those of us brought up in church know this part really well. We are sinners who have been forgiven. We are saved. We are made righteous through Christ’s blood and so on. It’s good stuff. Forgiveness matters but forgiveness is only the starting point. The second aspect is that we now live in God’s presence and we stand before him without a single fault. This is intimacy. This is glory. This is life. “In him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28).”
One of the keys to living from your new heart is to realise who we are in Christ. Ephesians 2:6 says, “For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.” What this basically means is that we are intimate allies of the King. It wasn’t enough for God to forgive us; he wants relationship with us and he wants us to follow our king/brother/friend Jesus and become like him. He wants us to become who we are – blameless, holy, faultless. Remember Lord of the Rings: Return of the King? Elrond presents the reforged sword Anduril to Aragorn with the words; “Put aside the Ranger…become who you were born to be.” (View the movie trailer below)We are born to be holy, intimate allies of the King. We have been swept clean. Now let’s live!