2 Corinthians 3: 5-6. our sufficiency is from God, 6 who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant…
“To live is Christ” makes you a minister of the New Covenant. When you hear the word “minister” do you think of yourself? Or do you think of someone wearing a clerical collar and preaching a sermon or handing out blessings?
Those united to Christ are ministers or servants of his New Covenant. When you signed up for the New Covenant, you signed up to be not only a recipient of the New Covenant, but also a servant of the New Covenant. God not only rescues us, he invites us to be a part of the rescue team.
But don’t worry, we are qualified for the job. How? Because we have experienced the New Covenant for ourselves. We have been forgiven. We have received the new heart. We are alive from the dead. We are empowered by the love of the Spirit.
We are completely dependent upon the New Covenant to save us, and at the same time, we are interdependently made ministers of this Covenant, taking it’s message of new life to a dying world.
This is living, by the way. A life worth living has a purpose, and God has given us ours. God loves you and he has a wonderful plan for your life. But his plan for us is that we be a part of his plan to rescue the world. This isn’t just an obligation or duty. It is love. It is joy. It is God is inviting us to be a part of what he is doing. He is choosing to use us. Of course he doesn’t have to do this. But he wants us to learn the family business – loving, sharing, and giving life. He knows that when we embrace his plan for humanity, only then will we be truly alive.
“To live is Christ” isn’t just something that happens to us, it is an invitation into what God is doing through us. It is the New Covenant being enacted in our lives and by our lives. By our faith in the indwelling life of Christ, and our faithful words and deeds, we make the New Covenant accessible to all that we come in contact with.
Do you see yourself as a minister of the New Covenant of God? How would seeing yourself this way change how you live each day? How does your union with Christ empower you as a loving servant of the New Covenant?