Who doesn’t just love that phrase? A fresh start. Those words are so inviting, so encouraging and spirit lifting. When I think of a fresh start I think of a clean slate, something exciting and something new. Thank God that He allowed us to have a fresh start in this life. That He sent His Son so that we might live in a “fresh start” mindset.
A couple days ago I read 2 Corinthians 5:14-21 in the MSG translation and felt like I was reading it for the first time. It’s a little lengthy but so, so good. Stick with me-
14-15 Our firm decision is to work from this focused center: One man died for everyone. That puts everyone in the same boat. He included everyone in His death so that everyone could also be included in His life, a RESURRECTION life, a FAR BETTER life than people ever lived on their own. (This is true!! In case you were wondering, I lived both and living a resurrection life IS far better!)
16-20 Because of this decision we dont evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly dont look at Him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life begins. Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and Him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put Himself square with the world through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what He is doing. We’re Christ representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ Himself now: Become friends with God; He’s already a friend with you.
21 How, you ask? In Christ. God put the wrong on Him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God.
As women, we often desire to be valued and feel significant and many times we search to fill that desire through work or relationships or even education. It’s easy to compare yourself to others accomplishments and feel like your past failures disqualify you from your future opportunities. I know this is one of my biggest struggles as a women in ministry. But God always has and continues to work through women and girls, you have a role. Your place is secure. I love that God wants to use us in His story, to tell His story. I love that He calls us to be Christ representatives. In High School, during my 9th grade year I was in “student government” and decided with my friend that we wanted to be class representatives. Honestly I had no clue what this meant or entailed and just took the role so that I could get out of class early once a month. Yup. That was me as a student.. I’ve come a long way guys! So when I saw this term in scripture I thought of that memory and laughed because I didn’t take that role very seriously or even understand what it meant. As I’ve grown in the past couple of years in my relationship with God and in my faith I’ve come to understand the weight of this role- Christ’s representative. A representative is a person chosen or appointed to act or speak for another or others. They are an example of a class or group. Wow. As Christian women, we are included in this definition. We were chosen by God to act or speak on behalf of Him, we were made for this..
I challenge you this week to evaluate the way you represent Jesus. Are you being an example of how Jesus lived here on earth. The way you show His love, mercy and kindness to those around you. I feel there is no better person to show His gentleness and shine His light then us, remember: He has chosen YOU, He wants to use YOU. You are qualified, you are redeemed, you matter so much.
2 Timothy 2:15 “Concentrate on doing YOUR best for God, work you won’t be ashamed of, laying out the truth plain and simple.”
Rooting for you-