I am obsessed with the song “So Will I (100 billion X)” by Hillsong UNITED. You can listen here. For me, it is the entire bible in a song. This one stanza keeps playing in my mind:

“God of Salvation, You chased down my heart through all my failure and pride;
On a hill you created, Light of the World abandoned in darkness to die;
As you speak, 100 billion failures disappear; You lost your life, so I could find it here;
If you left the grave behind you so will I.”

This summer I am teaching a bible study at my church on the Letter to the Colossians. The purpose of this letter from Paul to the believers at Colossae is to encourage them that they are complete in Christ; He is their everything. As I prepare for this study, I am reading a commentary by Warren W. Wiersbe entitled Be Complete. In it Wiersbe says, “They (the believers) did not reconcile themselves to God; it was God who took the initiative in His love and grace.”

When I find myself feeling incomplete, rehearsing my sins, and repeating my failures, I think, “why do I keep doing the things I don’t want to do?” (also a quote from Paul) instead of thinking, “Christ already took this from me, I’m leaving it with Him!” Paul reminds us in his letter:

“The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, so therefore, you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. It’s that simple. That is the substance of our Message. We preach Christ, warning people not to add to the Message. We teach in a spirit of profound common sense that we can bring each person to maturity. To be mature is to be basic. Christ! Nor more, no less.” (Colossians 2:26-29, The Message)

Therefore, I encourage you today to do as I say, not as I do – the Lord has chased you down and made you holy and blameless in his sight because of the work of Jesus on the cross. Leave those 100 billion failures in His grave and walk away! As Christ lives, so will WE.

Eleza Miller

Heartland District Administrator
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