2 Corinthians 5:17–19 (ESV) — 17 “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.”
Today, we complete our series entitled, “On Mission Together”. Our final calling is to the ministry of reconciliation. Reconciliation involves the concept of “restoration to favor”. Through Christ’s sacrifice we have been restored to God’s favor.
The ministry of reconciliation is not about helping nonbelievers to reform, or to reeducate them. It is not about helping them to become moral. It’s about helping people become regenerated. Of course, only God can regenerate someone.
Regeneration is the event when God saves a person, the old immediately passes away and the new comes. The person becomes a new creation. When we trust in Christ, we don’t turn over a new leaf, we receive a new life.
Once we receive this new life, we are secure for all eternity. It is well with our soul! However, we must not hoard the good news of reconciliation to God. We must help others to know our Savior. Their trespasses stand against them and they have no hope. The message that Christ’s death on the cross paid the penalty for their sins can give them the hope they need. They can receive God’s favor. This week, let’s get this Word out – JESUS SAVES!“Father God, Thank You for making me new. When I was dead in my trespasses and sins, you made me alive in Christ. I am saved from the awful penalty of my sins through Christ alone, through faith alone, by grace alone. Remind me that I ought not to hoard this good news. Help me to fulfill my responsibility and privilege of being Your ambassador. In Jesus name, Amen.”