Who You Are and Why It Matters
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation...
2 Corinthians 5:17
Because We Are New Creations We Are Moved to Engage the World
It would be easy simply throw up our hands and walk away. Maybe one part of you wants ignore what is happening around us and retreat to your mountain hide-away. Yet, another part nags that you can, and should, make a difference.
As Hal was preaching this Sunday, it is the Gospel that defines who we are and how we see the world. On the one hand the Gospel tells us that we and our world are damaged goods. Our internal disposition, or core nature was damaged the moment Adam and Eve disobeyed God. Not only that, our nature works itself out in sinful desires and actions. The Gospel reveals the truth that we are sinners by nature and by action. This is the part that says retreat, give up, hide.
Yet, the Gospel also tells us that God provided forgiveness for our sinful nature and sinful actions at the cross. Jesus satisfied God's demand for punishment of sin by bearing that punishment for us. By the simple act of trusting what God has done in Jesus we are made holy before God. We are no longer damaged goods but new creations. New creations live new lives. This is the part that says, don't give up, its not too late, your life changed so change is possible for everyone.
That new creation in us keeps nagging. It gives us the motivation to reach out and make a difference in someone else's life. Listen to the new creation. Pray now for God to bring someone into your life that is hungry to hear that they can be a new person, have a new identity, become a new creation through faith in Jesus.