One morning, GOD led me to 2 Corinthians 5. As i read, i realized: THIS is me! THIS is my “new life” motto — my mission from my DADDY that i choose to accept every moment and with every breath of this new life HE has given me — spiritually and physically.
Below is The VOICE version of 2 Corinthians 5:12-20. In most cases, i have substituted “i” and “my” personal pronouns for Paul’s “we” and “our.” i have also capitalized all references to my BIG GOD.
melinda’s “new life” motto and mission:
So because i stand in awe of the one true LORD, i make it my aim to convince all people of the truth of the gospel; GOD sees who we really are, and i hope in some way that you’ll look deeply into your consciences to see me as well.
But i hope you understand that i am not trying to prove myself to you or pull together a résumé that will impress you. i am simply hoping that you will find a sense of joy in connecting with me.
And when you are approached by others (who may value appearances more than the heart) asking questions about me, you will be able to offer an answer for them.
If i seem out of control or act like (a) fanatic, it is for GOD. But if i act in a coherent and reasonable way, it is for you.
You see, the controlling force in my life is the love of the ANOINTED ONE.
And my confession is this: ONE died for all; therefore, all have died. HE died for us so that we will all live, not for ourselves, but for HIM who died and rose from the dead.
Because of all that GOD has done, i now have a new perspective.
i used to show regard for people based on worldly standards and interests.
i used to think of the ANOINTED the same way.
Therefore, if anyone is united with the ANOINTED ONE, that person is a new creation.
The old life is gone—and see—a new life has begun!
All of this is a gift from our CREATOR GOD, who has pursued us and brought us into a restored and healthy relationship with Him through the ANOINTED.
And He has given me the same mission, the ministry of reconciliation, to bring others back to HIM.
It is central to our good news that God was in the ANOINTED making things right between HIMSELF and the world.
This means HE does not hold their sins against them.
But it also means He charges me to proclaim the message that heals and restores our broken relationships with GOD and each other.
So i am now a representative of the ANOINTED ONE, the LIBERATING KING;
GOD has given me a charge to carry through my life —urging all people on behalf of the ANOINTED to become reconciled to the CREATOR GOD.
He orchestrated this: the ANOINTED ONE, who had never experienced sin, became sin for us so that in HIM we might embody the very righteousness of GOD.