Monday, November 5th, 2012
The Ministry Of Reconciliation (Part 2, Conclusion)
A Pleading Love
Now all things are of God, Who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.
2 Corinthians 5:18 (NKJV)
That is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God.
2 Corinthians 5:19-20 (NKJV)
The words 'pleading' and 'implore' are urgent. Imagine God pleading for the lives of His children. Imagine any father pleading for the lives of his children. It's a heart-wrenching thought.
But this isn't just a thought. It's life. And this isn't just any father. It's God. And it isn't someone else's responsibility. It's ours. God is pleading through us. He's imploring us to be reconciled to Him by reconciling with our brothers.
He reminds us that we were once 'Without Christ, being aliens... and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ' (Ephesians 2:12-13).
The world of media is coarse, irreverent, and bold. For many Christians, celebrity news seems more like a police lineup. Famous felons taunt us. We answer back with self-righteous words--believing our Judge will condemn them.
Then we turn away and show them our 'Holier than thou' (Isaiah 65:5) backs.
The picture we're missing is not the TV we avoid. It's reconciliation: ours with them, ours with God, and theirs with God. The screens we choose shine brightly at church. But if we stare at them too long, we can become near-sighted.
And if we're near-sighted, we can't focus on God. Ideally, our home-town church becomes an anchor with a very long rope. Because the ministry of reconciliation requires us to go into the world with some very good news.
Therefore, actors, models, and talent for Christ enter media--to restore the friendly relations that God commands; to seek peace with those we have offended, and to open wide the door to the Kingdom of God.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Ministry of Reconciliation series.