Devotions By Jan

Presentation is Everything!

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Scripture for Today:  Colossians 1:22  “But now He has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in His sight, without blemish and free from accusation.”

Living in France has given me a special appreciation for the finer points of dining.  The French believe that appetite starts with the presentation of a dish.  And they are right!  Looking for just the right picture of a well-presented meal has made me hungry!

When a platter is served with those small touches of creativity, the mouth waters in anticipation.  Even the addition of a little parsley can add so much.  At the open market this morning, the lady threw some parsley in with my vegetables, just because!  I have seen some beautiful presentations both in restaurants and in private homes that have added so much to the meal.

Our verse for today also talks of a presentation.  At one point we were estranged from God, hostile in our attitude as well wicked in our actions.  There was nothing beautiful or appealing in us.  Our sin made us ugly and unappealing.  But while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Rom. 5:8).  There was nothing in us to attract His love.  It was all grace.

Because of what He did for me on that cross, I am now presentable!  Christ will one day present me faultless and irreproachable to the Father!  He has paid the ultimate sacrifice so that I can share in His righteousness.  When I am presented to the God of the universe, it will be without shame!  I will be beautiful and spotless!

Christ’s presentation of me to the Father is my solid hope; “dressed in His righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne!”  Presentation is everything!

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