Monday, February 25, 2013

How Do You See Yourself?

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.  Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation."  
2 Corinthians 5:17-19

Are you feeling far from God?  Do you feel unheard?  Are you feeling unworthy because of things you have done?  Have you fallen short and sinned against God?  Have you mistreated someone and can't seem to get over it?  If this is you and Christ is your Lord and Savior, then this word is for you.  When we repent of our sins, God tells us that Jesus is our mediator and we can come to him and ask for forgiveness.  When we ask for forgiveness that Jesus  "is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (I John 1:9)"  

God sent his son to forgive us of our sins if we repent.  He no longer remember our sins.  He did this so that we could be reconciled back to himself and that we may have fellowship with him.  He did this to show his great love, mercy, kindness and grace towards us.  He gave us a new inheritance.  We are now born of God and have become part of his family.  We are a new creation in Christ where old things have passed away.  He gave us a better promise.  He gave us part of himself, the Holy Spirit to be with us to lead us and guide us.  We are not what we were, we are born of God.  We are part of a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people called by God.  We are his ambassadors to represent him and his glory.  We are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.

He has entrusted us with such a wonderful inheritance in Christ.  It is one that will bring salvation to many.  We hold in our hearts the good news of hope to a dying world.  We have been reconciled back to God so that we may bring others to him.  The greatest blessing for us is found in Romans 4 where we are told "Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.  Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him."  We are a blessed people.  Jesus paid the price and became the curse for us.  He fulfilled the righteous requirements of the law.  He gave us a way and path to life, abundant life.  

What a great promise.  May we always see ourselves in what God has done so that we may give thanks and praise to him.  We can trust in God for we know "He who began a good work in us will complete it."

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