We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:9-14 NIV
I want to look with you at the incredible offer that Jesus makes when he invites us to become a subject of his in his Kingdom of Light. Yes, I did say “become a subject of his.” There is the rub. We want to be forgiven; we want our broken lives to be put back together; we want to be delivered from the fear of death, but give up the right to do what we want with our lives? Wait a minute. Yes, there it is. He does offer forgiveness – there it is in v. 14. But it is the result of receiving him as our King.
But look what he offers: wisdom and understanding of the way the world is made, so that we will be able to receive every blessing that the Creator intended for us; lives that just naturally bear good, sweet fruit in all our relationships; coming to know our Creator, our Savior, our Life-giver better and better; having the power to face the difficulties that a fallen world will inevitably bring down upon us with endurance and patience, and yes, even gratitude (as we see how our King has made us more than conquerors).
In view of all this, why would we cling to the right to run our own lives? If we will give him the deed to our little hovel, he will turn it into a palace. But no, we say we would rather just be forgiven and still retain ownership of our hovel, failing to understand that what Jesus has come to give us is infinitely more than mere forgiveness. Don’t live in defeat, live in victory. Live in all that he has promised. Is it costly? Yes, it will cost you everything. But, in return for your all, he’ll give you his all. Can you beat that deal?