Considering “iffyness”

You who were at one time alienated, hostile in mind, in “ponēros” tr. evil works (also means: full of labors, annoyances, hardships; causing pain or trouble; diseased or blind; hurtful, evil, wicked, bad) but now He has reconciled You in His body through death to present you holy, unblemished and blameless in His sight, eige tr. “if”(also means: inasmuch, assumed true for the sake of argument, or since) you remain in the pistis tr. faith (persuasion, conviction, belief, trust, guarantee,  faith received from God) being founded and settled and not moved away from the hope of the good news which you heard and was preached in all creation under heaven.  Col. 1:21-23

That “if” could open a can of theological worms. Is this an “if” that can change the power of Christ’s death and resurrection? Sometimes the labors, annoyances, and hardships we encounter in the world disorient us and we respond  in ways that are hurtful to ourselves and others. Messing up affects how we see ourselves, not how God sees us. Focusing on the “if” creates more fear and alienation. Assuming a hope filled perspective (i.e. pistis) is a gift and God gave it to us, then not using it consistently does not really change the fact that it is still there and it is still ours? Learning to use the gift means experiencing Christ’s renewing of our minds, thinking differently rather than reinforcing old mental pathways. It’s important to keep going back to the idea of reconciliation, God’s loving intents, and seeing ourselves as God sees us.

Lord, help me remember that I now and always live in the hope of the good news and that You lovingly, graciously, deliberately put me here.