Saturday, May 17, 2008

Ambassadors of Reconciliation

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins gainst them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are threfore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 NIV

We are ambassadors of reconciliation. Our mission is to bring reconciliation to others--that they may be reconciled first to God and then to each other. If this is my mission (and yours), have I been reconciled to God? What about reconciliation to others? Have I sought reconciliation between me and those who have hurt me or who I have hurt? Can I be an ambassador of reconciliation if I haven't?

What does an ambassador of reconciliation do? What is reconciliation? "Reconciliation is changing for the better a relationship between two or more persons." (Dictionary of Theology) So the ambassador of reconciliation is someone trying to improve relationships between men and God and between people. God is aching for all mankind to be reconciled to him--to be in good relationship with him--though presently most are not. One could argue that even most Christians are not. He also wants us to be reconciled to each other (Romans 12--as far as it depends on you, live at peace with all men).

In a sense, we ambassadors are mediators between man and God and between man and man. That sounds rather heavy but Peter writes, "You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood...." (1 Peter 2:9) We, as God's chosen people, are priests (mediators) to the unsaved. It's a serious responsibility. What am I doing to bring people into a better relationship with God and with each other? Am I doing this at all or does my behaviour cause others to break relationship with God and others?

God, I want to be an ambassador of reconciliation--to encourage better relationships in all spheres. Please show me where I fail to do this and give me wisdom and courage to do this task you have given to all believers.

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