Read 2 Corinthians 5:11-21
Many second or third daughters in India are named Nakusha, which means “unwanted.” One local government in the state of Maharashtra decided to hold a ceremony for many of these girls to give them new names. One girl chose the name Sakshi, meaning “witness.” “I was going to be a witness to a historic event, and become a part of it too,” she said. “I know I have to be patient, because people are used to calling me Nakusha. . . . But now I have a name and I feel good. I feel like a new person. It will change my life forever.”
Believers in Jesus have a new name and a new destiny. Indeed, because of our identity in Christ we are now a new creation.
As we’ve seen throughout our study, Scripture doesn’t tell us about our identity in Christ so that we can sit back, take it easy, and feel good about ourselves. Knowing that we are a new creation—freed from old habits and old perspectives—should be tremendously encouraging. It should also compel us to share this news with others.
The apostle Paul describes God’s work of making us a new creation in Christ as a ministry of reconciliation. We used to be in opposition to Christ, but now we are filled with His love and righteousness (vv. 14–16). And we are to participate in this ministry of reconciliation by telling others about the life available in Jesus. Note how many times in this passage Paul repeats this call to action: “we try to persuade others” (v. 11); “you can answer those” (v. 12); “Christ’s love compels us” (v. 14); and “gave us the ministry of reconciliation” (v. 18). We are the ambassadors, the messengers of the good news of new life in Christ (v. 20).
APPLY THE WORD
Sakshi chose the name “witness” as a testimony to how her life changed with her new name. Christians are called to bear witness to how our lives have changed in Christ. Have you shared the good news of the gospel? A number of evangelism tools are available, including a course in personal evangelism offered by Moody Distance Learning.