Devotions for July 1, 2014

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2 Corinthians 5:15-21

15 He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.

16 So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! 17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

18 And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. 20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” 21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.


Q: Where does your identity in Christ begin? Are you living from that identity? Or are you trying to live for an identity that you think you need, or are entitled to?

Q: Are you allowing the term “in Christ” to trump all of the situations, things that you can’t change, or things you didn’t choose when it comes to answering the question, “who are you?” Or are you still holding on to your social standing, color of your skin, gender, last name, job, political party, relationship status, and on and on? What is the greater foundation: Christ, or the things this world has given you?



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