I recently had the privilege of honoring our graduates during the Sunday morning service. I asked them to answer some questions about their future, where they are going to school or what they want to do. I then asked how they can see God using their career for His glory. The answers varied student to student, but I like this thought because it challenges us to consider our motivation for our ambitions. Am I making decisions to exalt myself or are my decisions made to exalt God who is worthy?
2 Corinthians 5:16-21 does a great job of helping us understand our identity in Christ. Those that place their faith in Christ and receive the Holy Spirit don’t just change viewpoints; they become a new person (v.17)! Saving faith in Jesus helps us know Him in a different way than we did before, and it also changes the way we see people (v. 16). We no longer evaluate people from a human worldview, but rather we evaluate them from a spiritual worldview realizing that our broken world is full of sinners just like us in need of God’s redeeming grace. A relationship with Jesus changes everything! When we realize the grace of God and what He has done through Christ (v.18-19) then we can no longer view life like the rest of humanity does.
As new creations who have been reconciled to God we are declared ambassadors, representatives of God in which God makes His appeal (v.20). We, as part of the church, are the living testimonies on this earth to plead and proclaim that God is great and He has made a way for the forgiveness of sins. Ambassadors live in foreign places to represent the kingdom to which they belong. Remember church, that this world is not your home. We belong to the kingdom of heaven where we will dwell with God forever and our time on this earth is given to us to proclaim the truth so people will turn to the Lord. As Jesus is the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15), so the church should reveal God on the earth. Verse 21 sums up why this message should be irresistible for us to share. Jesus, who was sinless, became the sin offering for us so that we could be declared righteous in the sight of God!
So how is God using your life and decisions for His glory? Do you understand your purpose on this earth? If you are working to get a paycheck is your ambition to be generous and use your resources to show the love of Christ to others? Do you see your co-workers as people in desperate need for God to redeem them and make them new? Are you representing your God and making Him known wherever you are? There is no greater calling or reward than to serve the Lord with everything we have.
It’s a joy to serve with you all,