Ministry of reconciliation


1st Reconciliation

2 Corinthians 5: 17 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. 20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

The apostle Paul was a living example of “a new creation” (v.17). He was once a Pharisee persecuting Christians, but after a transforming encounter with the risen Lord Jesus, his life was never the same. He went from being hostile to Jesus to being a messenger for Jesus. It was a remarkable transformation for sure.

In v.20 Paul says we too are “ambassadors for Christ”, authorized to share a particular message “be reconciled to God” (v.20b). In other words, those far from God because of sin can be brought back into relationship with God through Jesus Christ “who knew no sin”.

As I read this passage I’m reminded that I need to hear this promise anew every day. Why? Because every day I fall short of the glory of God. I find new ways to rebel against God, to choose my way rather than God’s way. And in so doing I drift away from the Lord. Instead of embracing my identity as a child of God I act as if I am a spiritual orphan – left to figure out life by myself. The promise of new life in Jesus encourages me and challenges me at the same time.

Lord Jesus, I tend to wander away from you. And I can be really stubborn. Soften my heart today. Give me grace to submit myself to you and be reconciled to God. I pray this in your holy name. Amen.

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