Sacred Spaces 321– Reconciliation: Are you involved with that?
16 January 2012
This may be a chunky bit of scripture.
Yet I need to share it with you.
I sat on my stoep (little patio outside) last week and came across this passage.
I felt convicted and mightily challenged:
2 Corinthians 5: 11- 21 “The Ministry of Reconciliation”
“11 Since then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. 12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. 13 If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 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. 20 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. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Did you notice what I noticed? Was your heart maybe tugged in the same way?
I am realising I too often have been selfish in my life.
Do I live with this above conviction?
God is about reconciling the world to Him-self.
In each of our work places are we about that too?
Does Christ’s love compel you… that He died for all people?
The people you love, YET also the people you can’t stand.
Are we intentional in telling others about Jesus?
And maybe sometimes “telling” without using words…
Are our actions about reconciling?
Simply listening to someone who needs to talk / Helping someone practically / trying to set a different moral example / loving others well / seeing each person as someone God loves so much / people made in His image, and they don’t even realise it yet.
God gave us (not just clergy people – church pastors / ministers / rectors).
From engineers to teachers to accountants to businessmen to scholars, God gave us all
The ministry of reconciliation
So make the coffee shop, your classroom, the workshop, the deal…
Make them… soaked in God.
On that stoep, God simply told me this: “I want you to live for these things – ministry of reconciliation”
Stop being selfish and change your focus!
What is He saying to you?
Jesus, you are coming back
Oh, how we forget
The world is a mess
How do we help?
Bringing your saving grace
Make us intentional