“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. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, ‘Come back to God!’ 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.” 2 Corinthians 5:19-21 New Living Translation
The world has a bartering system where two or more items of relatively equal value are exchanged. God didn’t barter with us for our forgiveness, for we had nothing of equal value to trade. The Lord offered his righteousness, something of infinite and immeasurable value for something that was totally worthless. Our sins were an anchor about our neck; millstones, as it were. We could and still can do nothing on our own to deliver us from our sin. Only the blood of Christ has that cleansing power.
What Christ did for us we are meant to share as his representatives in this world. Just as God became flesh in the form of Jesus to present his own message of redemption, so we are sent. Aside from our lifestyle differences we blend in to our world and are able to somewhat relate to their plight as we were once as they are. We have a powerful message of a full pardon for all the ungodly deeds man has ever done.
To this message, some will listen, some reject, but still others will take action, embracing this glorious gift of forgiveness. It’s a gift that cannot be bought or sold. It can however be acquired simply by asking for it. Once acquired it can change the direction one is going in life and change their ultimate destination as well. That’s something worth sharing. Seek God’s leading to share the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We don’t need to venture out on our own. Let the Spirit lead you. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible.