Jelly Beans in the Dark

At a celebration, who among us hasn’t grabbed some Jelly Bellies and popped them individually, guessing the flavor? (Admit it! You’ve actually removed one to examine the color.)

While this bowl of Jelly, with presents and a party game, could occupy us for hours, it does bring something to mind: we could take another whole Saturday listing the profusion of our culture’s blind pursuits. Instead of uplifting endeavors—in the light—how often we settle for popping jelly beans—in the dark.

From my experience, it’s easy to waste time—even for those of us with a reputation for productivity: after breakfast, job; after job, chores; after chores, TIRED. On goes the TV, open the chips, off to the Internet. Americans spend thousands of hours on hollow television, bottomless video games, and auto-pilot apps and scrolling.

Oh, I’ve hit a nerve.

Good.

Mind you, I’m fluffy too. We bypass a plethora of goals, skulking in the shadows of darkness, blindly guessing at artificial flavors. For those in the Lord, this is the epitome temporary insanity. We forget who we are in Christ; and frivolous occupations (actually quite suitable as periodic refreshers) become a permeating influence—like leaven—resulting in a lack of fruit.

Again, I’m not sitting in judgment. (Who’s the one eating jelly beans, after all?) But it’s a reminder. This weekend, a dear one shared an outline of who we are in Christ. I think this is a good time to share. I will add only this: In Christ, we are accepted (so we serve); we are secure (so we persevere); and we are significant (so we progress). How about let’s outgrow the jelly beans and charge through something meatier?

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I AM ACCEPTED:

…God’s chosen, adopted child.

…the Lord’s follower and friend.

…justified and united with God.

…purchased: I belong to God.

…a member of Christ’s body.

…forgiven of all my sins.

…direct access to the throne of grace.

John 1:12; John 15:15; Romans 5:1-2; 1 Cor. 6:17; 1 Cor. 6:20; 1 Cor. 12:27; Eph. 1:3-8; Col. 1:13-14; Col. 2:9-10; Heb. 4:14-16

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I AM SECURE:

…free from condemnation

…assured that God works for my good

…cannot be separated from God’s love

…established

…anointed

…sealed

…hidden with Christ in God

…God will complete the work He started

…citizen of heaven

…given a spirit of power, love, and discipline

…born of God

…the evil one cannot touch me

Rom. 8:1-2; Rom. 8:28; Rom. 8:31-39; 2 Cor. 1:21-22; Col. 3:1-4; Philippians 1:6; Philippians 3:20; 2 Tim. 1:7; 1 John 5:18

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I AM SIGNIFICANT:

…branch of Jesus, the true vine

…chosen and appointed to bear fruit

…God’s temple

…minister of reconciliation for God

…seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm

…God’s workmanship

…may approach God with freedom and confidence

…can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me

John 15:5; John 15:16; 1 Cor. 3:16; 2 Cor. 5:17-21; Eph. 2:6; Eph. 2:10; Eph. 3:12; Philippians 4:13

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