“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” (2 Corinthians 5:18-21).
Sometimes people give us gifts that we do not recognize as gifts at the time. For example, a baseball coach might spend hours with troubled kids each week teaching them not only baseball, but also lessons about life. The kids do not immediately recognize this as a gift, but they will later.
God has given us a great gift as seen in the opening verse, “All this is from God.” God has granted us the gift of salvation. We are not the same people we once were. We credit God’s work in our life for that. He changed us from the people we once were to the people that He created us to be. He gave us the gift of salvation:
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
This gift provided many benefits: a new heart, eternal life, joy, peace, and a new purpose in life. Sometimes we forget the blessings of salvation because we get swamped out by the struggles of life. But we need to remember where we were and where we now are. Furthermore, the best is yet to come:
“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you” (1 Peter 5:10).
Tomorrow we will explore another aspect of our calling. For now, let us ever be thankful for our salvation in Christ. It leads to so many blessings that the trials of this life shrink in significance when we ponder the glories that follow.
Posted on Thu, April 6, 2017
by Sam Petitfils