Mrs. Rawlings stood in front of her class of second graders and said, “Today’s word is definitely. The word definitely means ‘absolutely, positively, without a doubt.’ Can anyone use the word definitely in a sentence?”
Britney raised her hand and said, “I know! I know! The sky is definitely blue.”
Mrs. Rawlings compassionately replied, “Well, that’s a good try, Britney, but sometimes the sky is cloudy. Sometimes it’s gray, or even pink. So…the sky is not definitely blue. Would anyone else like to try?”
TJ stood up and said, “I got this. Water is definitely clear.”
Again, Mrs. Rawlings kindly replied, “Well, that’s also a good try, but sometimes, water is muddy and sometimes it’s polluted. So, water isn’t definitely clear. Are there any other takers?”
In the back of the room, a small hand went up. “Yes, Cory,” acknowledged Mrs. Rawlings.
“Do farts have lumps?” the little boy asked.
“Excuse me?” gasped the startled Mrs. Rawlings.
“I said, ‘Do farts have lumps?’” repeated Cory.
“No,” answered Mrs. Rawlings.
“Then I have definitely pooped my pants!”
OK, OK…all jokes aside for a moment. What are you really sure of in life? Do you have any foundational beliefs or truths that ground you? Is there anything that you “know for certain,” or that you definitely believe?
The Apostle Paul wanted his friends to be confident in the atonement that Jesus offers to those that put their trust in Him. So, he took a moment to bolster our confidence with these words of truth:
Jesus has brought you into the very presence of God, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before Him without a single fault. But you must continue to believe this truth and stand in it firmly. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. This message was kept secret for centuries and generations past, but now it has been revealed to His own holy people. For it has pleased God to tell His people that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. For this is the secret: Christ lives in you, and this is your assurance that you will share in His glory. (Colossians 1:22-23 and 26-27)
I’d say that’s “definitely” good news!
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