You Are a Restorer
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 people’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. God made him who had no sin to be sin[a] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:18-21 (NIV)
The definition of reconciliation is the restoration of a friendly relationship with someone, or in our Christian lives, salvation. At summer camp my senior year was the first time I really started to grasp the concept of reconciliation. We had to place a clothes pin on a scale where one end said reconciliation and the other said guilt and shame. My clothes pin went way closer to guilt and shame than reconciliation because I was being put in a position where I had to think if I really believed God could forgive me of my sins and struggles when I didn’t forgive myself. But right here in this passage it is saying that He does not count our sins against us but instead came to save us from them. How cool is that?!
The world tells us to judge others based on their actions and the enemy wants you to feel shameful for your sins, but God sent Jesus to give us the ministry of reconciliation. He is saying that He has given Christ followers the ability to overcome our flesh in order to show others what Christ has done for us on the cross. He has given us the ability to not judge, but love. To love others despite their sins. It says that we are ambassadors for Christ. Christ is no longer here on Earth, so we have been given the task of sharing this message of salvation and love.
He has given us the tools needed to do so, the Holy Spirit. At least to me, this has always seemed like such a daunting task that I could never achieve on my own; but that’s just it. We can’t do it on our own and He never intended us to. Embrace the Holy Spirit and be vulnerable in what He is asking and leading you to do. Pray today that the Lord would show you the tools and gifts He has specifically given you to share this amazing message of love in the midst of the world’s judgement. Be vulnerable in your own stories for the Lord didn’t give you a testimony of His faith for you to keep it to yourself, but to use it as a message of reconciliation. It’s okay to start small, sharing one thing the Lord has done in your life with one friend. This journey with Christ isn’t a sprint, but a marathon. Be encouraged by the fact that He is constantly working on you and growing you into the person He has created you to be.
Lord Jesus help me to remember that I am Your ambassador and thank you that You have provided me with the ability to fulfill my calling.