2 Corinthians 5:17-19
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. 19 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.”
If you’ve been following Jesus for very long you’ve most likely heard or read these verses. It’s a powerful passage reminding us that God has made us new in Him. Jesus fully reconciled our sinful lives with His unblemished righteousness. Every time God sees you He sees a new creation through the lens of Jesus Christ. God has made you new and it’s a truth we need to remind ourselves each day. This is why the Gospel is important for us each day and not just the day of our salvation.
As a new creation we have a new purpose and mission. Our purpose is to glorify God and our mission is to share the message of reconciliation with the world.
One of our Core Values is Expecting Transformation. It’s an aspirational value, as we cannot make transformation happen. However, it is a value that we place upon everything we do. Why? Because, Jesus came to seek and save the lost! He came so that people could be set free from sin, hopelessness, loneliness, addiction and more.
Two things I want to encourage you with today. First, God desires to continue to transform your life as a follower of Jesus. Your salvation is secure in Jesus and that can never change. However, we still wrestle with our fleshly desires, the world around us and the evil spiritual forces. Don’t give in and say, “This is just how things are.” Trust in Jesus to bring you through those battles and live in victory. His transforming work won’t be complete until the day we meet Him in heaven but we can continue to be transformed into His image each day.
Experience victory by surrendering those evil desires over to Jesus just like you did on the day of your salvation. Spend time with Jesus by reading the Bible and praying. God is not finished with you and has great plans for your life.
Secondly, live out your mission! Be a reconciler to the world around you by sharing the love of Jesus with everyone you can. Trust that God will bring about their transformation as you share the Gospel. I promise that God desires them to be saved greater than we ever could. God placed you in their lives for the purpose of sharing with them the message of reconciliation through Jesus Christ.
Lastly, rest in the success of your obedience. Success of evangelism is not based upon the response of those we share the Gospel with. The success of our evangelism is based upon our obedience to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.