October 12th, 2022 – Later Wednesday Afternoon
“Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” ~2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Do you have the favor of God in your life? Would you like to?
Now don’t get excited in the wrong way…I’m not going to give you a secret formula or anything like that; the favor of God is not available for a price or a special creed. Instead, God’s favor is abundantly available to those who are in Christ Jesus. You see, the Greek words that are translated “reconciled” and “reconciliation” have the idea of God receiving “one into His favor” and the restoration to favor. This is something to get excited about!
This passage comes right on the heels of our last devotional about the old passing away and the new coming; the newness of life in Christ comes as a result of God reconciling us to Himself through Christ’s death and resurrection. Christ’s obedient suffering and death was God’s act of restoring dirty, rotten sinners to His perfect and wonderful favor (His kindness, goodwill, etc.); He counted our sins against Jesus and has instead drawn us into His embrace.
To be clear, if you are a new creation in Christ, you have been restored to God and are a recipient of His favor. This favor isn’t just a thing of the past either, but a continuing kindness; remember, those who are in Christ Jesus are children of God, not just creatures or subjects. This means that no matter what our current circumstances or sufferings, you and I – in Christ – can rejoice and give thanks and flourish in Christ because God’s good favor is upon us! In addition, our reconciliation to our Father has led to our ability (and responsibility) to carry that message of true hope, forgiveness, and restoration to the world around us in word and deed.
Do you have a living relationship with the God who created you and called you to Himself through Christ? If you do, then you and I have been showered with the favor of God and equipped to live a life of reconciliation. Let us rejoice in all things and give thanks in all things and blossom for His glory in all things! How good is He and how good is His love and favor!
Thank You, Father!