2 Corinthians 5:17-21
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave 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 to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore 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.
Last week we read about the great reconciliation we have with God through faith in Jesus Christ. Christ’s work on earth made this gift of reconciliation possible.
So, as Christians, we have the greatest gift of all. God has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ. But, reconciliation doesn’t end with God. As we read the passage above, we notice that God has now given us a ministry—mission work. He now gives us the ministry of reconciliation.
Because of our union with Christ, we are indebted to God. Our indebtedness to God is that we now represent Him wherever we go and in whatever we do. There’s no avoiding that indebtedness.
But that indebtedness also extends to the human race. We have the message, the only message that can bring one to a right relationship with God. So, we owe the human race to bring them this message of hope.
But, what I want to stress is this, you cannot be pointing to the rescuing power of God in Jesus Christ, telling people that it will free them from the shackles of the world, telling people that it restores relationships when you’re not living a life of restoring relationships.
How can we tell people of the love of God and the power of God to restore when we do not care about restoring relationships our self? This should not be so.
As we represent Christ we must reflect His image in all that we do in every relationship. So, if Christ went to such great lengths to restore us to Himself, what lengths should we go to in order to restore the relationships in our lives?
So, as Christians, I want to ask us to take serious the ministry of reconciliation. To seriously seek to restore relations ships in our life. To pray for the grace of God to empower you to live in humility. And wishing to give of yourselves for the sake of others.
The ultimate goal of our reconciling relationships with others is to shine light on a greater reconciliation. The reconciliation we have with God through Jesus Christ.
When we speak with people to reconcile with them, we tell them our motivation is to glorify the One who has given us the greatest gift—reconciliation with God. And this we have in Jesus Christ.
Next week, we will look at our need in salvation and how God meets it perfectly.