2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come. Now everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ; certain that God is appealing through us, we plead on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God.” He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
God knows every weakness we have and every sin we would ever commit, yet He loved us enough to send His own Son to pay the penalty for our sins. Because of the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross, those who surrender to His lordship are made new and may stand before God with the righteousness of Christ – fully accepted, loved, and forgiven. God calls us as a new creation to be ambassadors for Christ so others will be reconciled to Him, as well.
Satan, however, reminds us of our sins and tempts us in areas of weakness in order to make us forget who we are as a new creation. When we forget who we are in Christ, we fall further into sin and fail to be the ambassadors God has called us to be. If you are going to be an effective ambassador, you must remember who you are – a new creation not bound to sin. Fear, doubt, insecurity, shame, and guilt are all products of the sinful nature, and they draw us back into a negative and ineffective state of mind. In Christ, we may come boldly before the throne of grace and walk forth in confidence as a new creation. As ambassadors of Christ, we are to walk in that boldness and confidence without shrinking back into the “less than” life that negative thinking will produce. God knew your weaknesses when He called you, yet He called you anyway because of the power of the blood of Christ to wash away your sin.
You are a new creation and an ambassador for Christ. God has full confidence in you because of what Christ has done and not because of your ability or inability. Christ in you – the hope of glory – is at work reconciling others to God. Be strong. Be bold. Be effective. Be who God created you to be, and discover an identity in Christ than can change the world around you.
Have a blessed day!