In my previous blog, I discussed half of my theme for 2012. The other half is the following scripture portion that has been tugging at my heart lately.
Second Corinthians 5:11-21 is all about “the ministry of reconciliation.” Verses 18-20 explain a Christian’s role in the gospel message:
18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We 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.
I love the last four words: Be reconciled to God! Although Paul doesn’t put an exclamation point there, I feel like this phrase warrants one.
God has “committed to us the message of reconciliation.” That’s our task; we have been commissioned, like soldiers going to war. Our commission is not one of marching around, telling people what to do and what not to do. We’re not the morality police. Our commission is simply to bear the message of reconciliation to anyone who is not currently abiding with God. Simply put, God wants all his children to come back to Him.
I sense very strongly that this should be a priority for all Christ followers this year. You don’t need to be a missionary to bear the message of reconciliation. If you haven’t noticed, this earth is falling apart. God is waiting for us to finish the task before putting an end to this whole thing. Remember, “[The Lord] is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish,but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
While God is patiently waiting, the earth is groaning, and we are…doing what? Let’s make the “ministry of reconciliation” top priority this year. And if you need to be reconciled to God yourself, please email me and let’s get this thing figured out.