“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.” – 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
I find it very empowering to think that I have been given a “ministry of reconciliation.” To believe this, as Paul suggests, we as Christians must view Christ not as simply a sacrificial lamb, but as the one through whom God reconciled the world to himself. If we are, therefore, to live Christ-like lives, we must view ourselves as well as Jesus not from a human point of view, but as new creations born of that reconciliation. To become “the righteousness of God” seems well beyond my spiritual pay grade. But to be an ambassador for Christ? That seems possible.
Lord, thank you for entrusting the message of reconciliation to us through the example of Jesus. Being an “ambassador for Christ” seems daunting, but you remind us that in Christ, all things become new. Amen.