Devotions for September 12, 2017

2 CORINTHIANS 5:17-21

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,[a] so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

EXPECT TO BE A WITNESS

We are made new persons through Jesus. We have begun a new life. God has brought us back to Himself through Christ. Our sins are no longer held against us. What a beautiful gift! With this gift, however, comes responsibility. We are the ambassadors of Christ. We call out to the world, “Come back to God!”

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: What is this passage saying about our salvation and the life we live? What does it mean to live a new life in Christ?

Q: How will you see the moments when God is opening a door? How will you allow God to do great works through you?

Q: How will you serve as an ambassador of Christ, calling those who do not know Him back to God?

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