‘And He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them and was raised.’ – 2 Cor 5:15
This is the greatness of God’s love. No matter how much we disobey or disregard His commandments, He still loves His children. He always keeps a room for them to return to Him, submit their lives and live under His saving grace forever and ever. He makes us feel that we are precious for Him and it’s through His crucification and resurrection that we are blessed with a choice of sharing an eternal life in Him. We no longer live for ourselves but for the glory of the Lord, to have a new beginning, to be a new creation.
What is the actual meaning of being a new creation and how do we step towards being one? Well, the Lord guides us through all anxieties and answers all our queries through His word. 2 Cor 5:17 says ‘Therefore if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.’ So, according to the word of the Lord, being ‘a new creation’ means to be ‘in Christ’.
The obvious curiosity which now follows is that, what does it mean to ‘be in Christ’? God has always loved His children and considers them as His ambassadors (2 Cor 5:20). He has blessed us with his guidance for every odd and even situation that we could face in our lives, to keep us from committing sins and letting us enjoy every moment of our life in Him. God has always loved us and He waits patiently for us to reciprocate back. To be ‘in Christ’ means to ‘love Christ’. But how do we know whether we love Christ or not? When we love someone, we try to spend more time with them, do what they like, try to change/modulate our attitude in accordance to them, put our best foot forward to fulfill their desires and live up to their expectations. Similar is the case with our love for God. Loving God means spending more time with Him, letting our mind and soul be nurtured by His teachings. We should have a hunger for an intimate relationship with God, to have an eternal life through Him. In John 14:5-7 He says “I am the way, the truth and the life”; then why not follow the way? When we feel a deep need from inside to mend our ways and be in accordance to the Lord, we are in love with Him. When we try to order our deportment and our dealings with people, according to His teachings, we are in love with Him. When we lead our lives in order to please Him, we are in love with our Almighty. We can imagine how happy would He feel when He would find His children making efforts to love their Father, efforts of being in Christ, efforts for having a new beginning, efforts for being a new creation. Though it takes in a lot of conscious efforts to get a new beginning, we should never be discouraged or lose our vigor at any point of the journey. It’s because when we put one foot forward to be near to Him, He comes down from the heavens half the way to catch hold of our hands and pull us up. That’s the beauty of God’s love for us. We need to be determined to be bold enough to stand for Him and allowing Him to work in our lives, because it’s through His work that we attain salvation.
After knowing how can we be in Christ we need to know what will our new beginning lead to? When we are established as a new creation we are dusted off of all our past doings. We are filled with a new spirit, a new thinking and a new deportment which is just as right as it could be, by and in our Saviour. When we allow Christ to work in our lives we get reconciled in God. The word ‘reconciliation’ refers to the process of changing something thoroughly and adjusting it to a standard. When we walk towards being a new creation, we walk towards our reconciliation to God. Rom 5:11 talks about our reconciliation, it says ‘And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.’ 2 Cor 5:16-21 talks about the ministry of reconciliation that God has provided to us. God wants us to be a part of that ministry and gives us an oppertunity to be an ambassador of it. When He reconciliates us, He reaches the inner most core of ours and cleans us thoroughly to strengthen our being as a new creation in Him. Reconciliation comes only through faith in Him. As it’s written in the word, we need to walk by faith and not by sight. By the death of Christ on cross, He has broken all the barriers and opened the way for every human being to come near to Him and be saved.
Though we know what is right, many a times we are not able to gather enough courage to do it. God is very much aware of our weaknesses and so He gives us the liberty to choose and waits for the convenience of our time, just because He loves us. How long do we keep Him waiting? Psalm 20:7 says ‘Some take pride in a chariot and others on horses, but we take pride in the name of the Lord our God’. Let us also give Lord a chance of taking pride in having us as part of the ministry of His reconciliation by accepting the choice of having a new beginning.