Posted by: theedwardsfam | February 11, 2010

Ministry of Reconciliation

I was reading in my devotions this week in two different passages and both tied into the theme of reconciliation.  The first was why we have been given reconciliation with God and what we are supposed to do because of it.

2 Corinthians 5:16-21 “From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of telling the WORLD about how to be reconciled to God.  When a country chooses an ambassador they choose the person most capable of representing them…God chose us to represent Him to the world.  So let’s honor Him in how we act, think, talk and respond to the world and the communities we live in.

What are you doing to represent God in the lives of the people you come into contact with?

The second passage tells us how God was able to reconcile us to Himself.

Matthew 27:50-51 “And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.”

Because Jesus lived a sinless life, died and rose again, we are able to be reconciled to God.  THAT was why the curtain was torn from TOP to BOTTOM because God was coming to us to reconcile us to Himself.   He removed the barrier between perfect holiness (Himself) and absolute depravity (us).  Thus, allowing us to be transformed into His own image for the glory of God (2 Cor. 3:18).

We should live our lives as ambassadors for Christ, talking and actively working on His behalf in the world and telling EVERYONE about how to be reconciled back to God.  LET’S GO!

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