Written by Tony Anderson
2 Corinthians 5:16-21: From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself 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 entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Paul had to do what he did in ministry, because he received so much love from Jesus that it compelled him to serve others. We should be driven by the same love. C.H. Spurgeon said, “The apostles labored much, but all their labor sprang from the impulse of the love of Jesus Christ. Just as Jacob toiled for Rachel solely out of love to her, so do true saints serve the Lord Jesus under the omnipotent constraint of love.”
For all these reasons, we do not look to the image and appearance of the flesh but to the substance of the heart. Even those who knew Jesus in the flesh found their new relationship with Him through the Holy Spirit far more rewarding.
- Because we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. (2 Corinthians 4:18)
- Because we do not glory in appearance, but we glory in heart. (2 Corinthians 5:12)
Prayer: “Father bless our efforts to bring about reconciliation. Give us the strength to persevere. Grant that we may be so grounded in your love, that our security is not threatened. Father what an amazing privilege that You should use one such as me to be your mouthpiece and be used as an ambassador for Christ, through a ministry of reconciliation to a lost and hurting world. In Jesus’ name I pray Amen!”