August 17, 2018 // William Boggs
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
(2 Corinthians 5:17-21 NKJV)
I have been feeling sluggish for the past couple days since my wife and our baby girl have been away with her parents in Arkansas. I guess I have been hit with the realization of what it would be like to be alone as a bachelor. In my loneliness, I was sad and even feeling down about myself. I was letting my circumstances steal my joy and peace.
God didn’t let me stay down long. He led me to read 2 Corinthians 5:17-21. I was blown away by verse 21, which says, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Wow, the realization of what Jesus did for me picked me right up! He died for me, took my pain and punishment, and underwent unimaginable suffering, all so I could become the righteousness of God in Him. I am a new creation in Christ and the old Will Boggs with his baggage has passed away. I realized I had been letting my feelings and insecurities shake me up and cause me to even doubt my position in Christ.
As I read the Scriptures, I was filled with a renewed sense of joy, confidence, and peace, knowing that, no matter how I felt I was the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. I meditated on that verse all day and I was filled with a new strength and peace. Since I have been reconciled to God, I can daily rest in the fact that I, Will Boggs, am positioned in righteousness. Jesus took my sin, so I could have a life of victory, peace, and security in the love of God.
Can you confidently say, “I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus?” Are you secure in His love? Have you been reconciled to God and crossed over from death to a life of victory, peace, love, and salvation in Jesus? For the Christ follower, who has been reconciled to God, who has been washed in the blood, you can daily be secure in your position in Christ too. Jesus became sin so we could gain everything Heaven has to offer. We who were perishing have been brought near by the blood of Christ and were made the righteousness of Christ. As Christ followers, we are no longer slaves to sin.
So if you begin to feel down and depressed, remember your position in Christ. When you’re plagued with tormenting thoughts, remember, YOU are the righteousness of Christ. If you have truly repented but still feel guilty, remember, YOU are the righteousness of Christ. When you want to lash out at someone because they hurt you, remember, YOU are the righteousness of Christ and declare, “I choose to forgive.” If we are going to daily live in the place of being the righteousness of God in Christ, then our position should no longer be controlled by our feelings, our hurts or our past sins. Christ has purchased life for us with His blood and we must not let anything or anyone take that abundant life of peace and security away from us. Let’s choose to be ambassadors for Christ and let our victory be known.
William is the son of Lee and Denise Boggs. He has a passion to carry the message of the healing power of Jesus. He desires to see a generation of people, young and old, have their hearts healed and be awakened from the Spiritual coma many find themselves in. No matter what stage of life you are currently in, God has a purpose for you. If you want to find that purpose, you will truly benefit from William’s testimony and also find a miracle only God could have orchestrated.
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