“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” (2 Corinthians 5:18-20)
Have you ever watched someone in a swimming pool splashing about, but not really getting very far? Then a skilled swimmer dives in, putting in lap after lap, almost effortlessly. The one splashes around, creating mini-waves, but does not advance. The other swims properly, and advances from one end to the other. Some of us make great waves, but do we advance? Is there any purpose to our efforts?
We have been discussing how God changes our hearts through His love, and how we need to see others through His eyes. But God’s love also changes our activities. Notice the progression in the verses above:
• God reconciles us to Him.
• God gives to us the ministry of reconciliation.
• God does not count their sins against them.
• God gives to us the message of reconciliation.
• We are God’s ambassadors.
• God makes His appeal through us.
• People need to be reconciled to God.
When we perform an inventory of our daily activities, we learn that some are quite necessary. We go to work or school, we shop, garden, clean up, and do many other activities that need to get done. But what about other things we do? Most of us would admit we need to do God’s will, but how do we do it, and how do we know what to do?
Think of your identity. God calls us ambassadors! We represent Him in the world, and we carry His message. We act in His interest and carry out His plans for the world. What is His message? Be reconciled to God. Remember, not everyone goes to heaven. Jesus reminded us that few find the path that leads to life (Matthew 7:14). That’s why God sends us out both locally and globally to reach people for Him.
1. Pray for boldness and compassion for others.
Previously, we learned that we need to see people as God does, but we also need to speak on God’s behalf.
2. Pray that we will be faithful to God’s message.
An ambassador does not create the message. He or she accurately shares the message of the sending country. Similarly we must communicate the complete gospel, that people are lost without Christ.
3. Look for opportunities to share God’s love.
People suffer hurt and pain every day, but they do not know the solution to their problems. We have that solution. People listen to all kinds of advice from various experts, but see no improvement at all. We have the right message; the life-transforming message of eternal life through Christ.
Posted on Wed, March 16, 2016
by Sam Petitfils