2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Written by: Robert Watson
When you and I say “yes” to following Jesus as our Lord and put our faith in Him as our Savior, we are forgiven for all our sin. But that is only part of the story. Forgiveness is absolutely essential for us to be with God in eternity, but forgiveness by itself is not enough. God’s standard is not just the absence of our sin debt, it is also the presence of perfect righteousness. So, how’s that whole perfection thing working out for you lately? Yeah, it’s not working for me either. But God’s plan covered this for us as well. On the cross, Jesus paid the debt of our sin. And through our faith in Him, Jesus also clothes us with His perfect righteousness. Even on a bad day, our legal standing before God is perfectly righteous. God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.
Paul warns us not to take advantage of this amazing gift of grace but to use this glorious freedom to serve others. You are free in Jesus. You have nothing to fear with God. You stand righteous before Him through your faith in Jesus.
Thought of the day: Let’s go forth and serve those God puts in our path today as ambassadors of Jesus, drawing them into this incomprehensible freedom we have found in Christ.
Prayer: Come Holy Spirit. Reveal to me who I can serve today in the name of Jesus. Thank You for inviting me to play a part in Your ministry of reconciliation. Use me as Your ambassador so that others might experience Your amazing grace and absolute freedom. Amen.