Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Ambassadors of Reconciliation - October 26, 2010

2 Corinthians 5:18-20 (New International Version)
18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.

2 Corinthians 5:18-20 (New Living Translation)
18 And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. 20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”

Colossians 1:19-20 (New King James Version)
19 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

Not too long ago I wrote about Christ's work of reconciliation between us and God. I had mentioned that through the sacrificial death of Jesus, through his shedding of blood as payment for sins on our behalf, our relationship with God was re-established. When we believed and accepted this, we were restored to friendship with God. As Jesus Christ said, "I do not call you servants anymore. Servants do not know their master's business. Instead, I have called you friends. I have told you everything I learned from my Father." John 15:15(NIRV)

Since we have been given this gift of reconciliation through Jesus Christ, it is our responsibility to seek reconciliation in all things. It is our mission to be God's ambassadors, sharing Christ and helping to bring into harmony all of those who are separated from God. As Christians we do nothing in our own power, but the Holy Spirit brings about the reconciliation as a new believer surrenders to Jesus Christ. Our job is to represent what has already been done for us; we are to reflect God's work of reconciliation.

We are to seek reconcialition in all things, always striving for restoring Christ-like relationships with everyone we encounter. There is nothing more important than for us as Christians to reflect Jesus Christ, as we reach out in the present and to those damaged relationships in our past. This might mean stepping aside accepting correction that we felt was misplaced, or subordinating ourselves to a co-worker that has taken our positions. It might mean re-engaging with alienated family members, extending forgiveness to those who have betrayed us, or humbling ourselves to those who have taken advantage of us. In all of these acts, we become God's ambassadors of reconciliation, and help to promote the healing and restoration that God desires.

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