My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Friday, November 16, 2012
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
(2 Corinthians 5:17 NASB)
Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation,
(2 Corinthians 5:18 NASB)
namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not
counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the
word of reconciliation.
(2 Corinthians 5:19 NASB)
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making
an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to
(2 Corinthians 5:20 NASB)
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
(2 Corinthians 5:21 NASB)
Jesus is the master reconciler. The gulf between God and humanity
had grown wide as a result of sin and no matter how hard humanity might
try they simply could not make their way back to God on a consistent
basis. Enter Jesus. His death on the cross brought about the
reconciliation of the damaged relationship between God and man, a
relationship that had not been damaged by God, but by humanity. It was
humanity that needed the assistance in getting back to God, and "God was
in Christ reconciling the world to Himself." God loves us so much that
he came to earth in human flesh just so that he could reconcile us back
to him. Once we become partakers of this reconciliation, we too, become
a part of the process of reconciliation. We are his ambassadors,
working to reconcile other relationships. God is making his appeal
through us to a hurting world.
If this is true, that God is working through his children to be his
ambassadors, then we have to ask ourselves what our responsibility is
in the area of reconciliation. As we continue to grow in grace, God may
reveal to us that we have damaged relationships which must be healed,
if we are to be his ambassadors of reconciliation. The result of sin is
damaged relationships. Humanity's relationship to God was damaged, as
well as humanity's relationship to humanity. This is exactly why Jesus
came to remind us that the Law was summed up in the fact that we were to
love God and love neighbor. Therefore, we must ask ourselves who our
neighbors might be. They may not be the people in closest physical
proximity, but instead those who should be in the closest emotional
We live in a world of broken and unreconciled relationships.
Yesterday I was visiting at a church that does clothing distribution and
Salvation Army Christmas baskets. Many people came to get clothing or
to sign up for a Christmas basket, but for the most part, who were the
people who came for help? Mostly it was single parent women. I felt
sorry for them because I knew they had to swallow their pride to come,
and yet, come they did so that they could do something to help out their
family. But at the same time I want to ask, "Where are the men?" The
greatest cause of poverty in the United States today is the
single-parent home, and why do we have so many of these? Because humans
are not reconciling relationships. Because we are not living as
Christ's ambassadors here on this earth and the results are literally
devastating. The first relationship which we need to examine is the one
with our spouse. Does there need to be reconciliation? If we are "in"
Christ, then he is calling us to work to reconcile our relationships
within the home.
What about parent-child relationships? For many of us we could be on
either end of that formula! We could be the parent, or we could be the
child and the relationship could be horribly damaged. How can we be a
follower of Jesus Christ and not work to reconcile our relationships
with our parents and/or children? From time to time I talk to people
who tell me that they haven't talked to their "loved" one for years.
Really? How can we be growing in the grace of God -- how can we be
Jesus' ambassador here on this earth -- if we can't have a relationship
with our family? Growing in grace has very practical implications and
it includes reconciling relationships.
And finally we are to be ambassadors of healing to this world,
reconciling relationships which may have been destroyed over a
difference of opinion. The pundits are telling us that today America is
the most divided politically it has ever been. Church -- are we
partially responsibility for this division? What would happen if
Christians were reconciled to Christians who happen to differ with one
another across the political aisle? What if Christians exhibited this
kind of reconciliation to a world that is desperate to find peace?
God has called us all to a ministry of reconciliation. We are called
to be a healing ointment in the rough of things. It is in this
ministry of reconciliation that Jesus is revealed to the world that so
desperately is in need of him.
Lord, please help me to be an instrument of your reconciliation today and every day. Amen.