…that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 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.
Good relationships can turn on a dime. Two people who were once inseparable now want nothing to do with one another. Affinity is replaced by enmity, love turns to hate, and mutual trust has been eradicated. Unfortunately, broken relationships are an all too common reality of life.
Unless someone extends an olive branch, or a third party intervenes, then failed relationships become permanent. The gulf of separation between two people grows to the point of no return.
In the bible, we learn that man is separated from God. In fact, we are depicted as being at enmity with God. The thing that stands in the way of fellowship with God is sin. As Holy God, He can have nothing to do with sin and consequently He can have nothing to do with sinners. As sovereign God, He sets the rules and establishes the standard by which all of us are expected to live. Moreover, as the supreme judge He must punish sin.
We are also taught that “God is love,” (1 John 4:8) and it is from His unfathomable love He provides a plan for our reconciliation to Him. Out of His love, He sent His only Son, Jesus, to pay the penalty that we deserve for our sin, which is death and eternal separation from God.
Today’s selected scripture reveals God’s truth this way. “…that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.” That’s why Jesus is referred to as “The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)
Jesus is our only way to being reconciled to God.
The Apostle Paul teaches that once we have accepted God’s offer of reconciliation, we then have a responsibility to share God’s good news with others. “And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” Christians are to be God’s ambassadors of reconciliation on this earth. “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.”
Christians often say they are trying to find out what God wants them to do. “I know God has something special for me to do. I just don’t know what it is yet.” Your conclusion that God has something special for you to do is accurate. He has appointed you to be an ambassador of reconciliation. All Christians carry that same responsibility.
We all have different talents and abilities yet we have a common responsibility. You are God’s ambassador wherever He has planted you. At home and at work; among friends, family, neighbors, acquaintances, and co-workers. Numerous opportunities exist for you to represent the One who has sent you through the ministry of reconciliation.
There is an urgency associated with the message with which you have been entrusted. “We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” In fact, there is no more important message.
As you take your assignment seriously, you will discover that reconciliation will become a reality in other areas of your life. Not only will you be interested in vertical reconciliation (man with God) but also horizontal reconciliation (man to man). The hurt and frustration of old broken relationships will be healed by forgiveness, mercy, and grace. You will understand what Jesus meant when He said, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” (Matthew 5:9)
Congratulations! You have been appointed as an Ambassador of Reconciliation. You are God’s chosen representative.
For more on this topic, check out this article: How to Handle Relationships with Unbelievers
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 1 (January – March) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.