10/22/21

Our scripture this morning is ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:18-21.

“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.”

Reconciliation is one of those words we don’t use often. The dictionary defines it as “a restoration of friendly relations”, something our world could certainly use right now. Paul tells us that God “reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” (v. 18), indicating not only are we reconnected to God through Christ but also to one another, and charged to help them reconnect to God as well.

Being reconciled to God through Christ means we have chosen to follow Him and do His will. This brings us a wonderful blessing, but also a responsibility to share the Good News with everyone. We are gifted and called, both as individuals and as the children of God to bring His light and truth to the world.

Paul calls us ambassadors for Christ, charged with the commission He gave to make disciples of all nations. It is not an easy task, but Jesus promised the Holy Spirit would be with us to guide and inspire our work. Remember that God chose us and loved us first; let us respond to this wonderful gift with all that is in us.

Gracious God, we are amazed that You call us to be part of the work of Your kingdom. Help us to connect with others that all the world may be saved through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Published by Pastor Doug

Retired pastor, Retired USAF, husband, father, grandfather

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