2 Corinthians 5:16-20
From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
Written by: Ian Rock
For writers, one of the biggest technological breakthroughs came with the invention and distribution of the personal computer. Writing things by hand was the only method since the beginning and when a mistake was made, there was no simple way of completely erasing it. Whether things were blotted out, written over, or erased—even the tiniest smudge marks were the clear indication that there was a mistake along the way. Computers gave us the opportunity to click a few buttons and completely erase any remnant of our mess up. They gave us the chance for a “do-over.”
Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could have a do-over in every area of our life when we wanted it? The impulse buys, mornings we hit the snooze button too many times, moments we go for the fried chicken over the salad—they could all be erased with a simple snap of the fingers. It would be awesome!
There are some other things, like deeper hurts, failures in relationships, patterns of destructive behavior, that if we could, we’d call for a do-over. The reality is, what’s done is done. We all miss the mark at some point, but that doesn’t have to be the end of our story.
This passage in 2 Corinthians 5 gives us hope. For those of us who follow Jesus, He gives us the opportunity to call for a do-over. It tells us that the person you or I were before following Jesus and the person that you or I are after saying “Yes!” are two completely different people. By no means does that mean we instantly become perfect people, but we aren’t defined by what we’ve done and achieved.
The single most important thing about you or me is that God loves us and made a way for us. His love doesn’t waver in spite of what we’ve done.
Because of that, we each have a purpose. Verses 18-20 talk about the fact that all followers of Jesus are ministers and ambassadors. Because of the grace that we’ve been shown, and the new life we’ve been given, we now get to be lights in our homes, workplaces, and communities.
Talk about a do-over! In an instant, we can go from the guilt and shame from the weight of our failures to a new life with a rich purpose.
Thought of the day: If you find yourself bound to the life you once lived and carry the shame from your past mistakes, know that there is a God that loves you enough that he wants to give you a do-over. When we couldn’t do enough to work our way to Him, He came to us. There’s freedom in that.
Prayer: God, thank You for the second chance you gave me and the grace You show me every day. Thank You for taking my life and giving me a purpose. Reveal the areas of my life I still hold on to shame and allow me to find freedom from those areas. As I interact with my family, friends, and peers, allow the joy of what You’ve done in my life to be contagious to those around me.