“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.”2 Corinthians 5:19b-20
What does being an ambassador of the message of reconciliation mean where we live, in the world of relationships? How does it play out with my neighbors, my in-laws, my kids, my spouse? And why on earth would God commit His most important message—the gospel—to frail “jars of clay” like us? Just this week, a situation made me see how this works.
Three people who are very dear to me entered into a conflict where none of them was at fault. But there was hurt, confusion, and misunderstanding all around. After the heat of the moment cooled, I saw them reach out in love—not by recounting the other’s sins, but by graciously bearing the weight of the offense rather than remaining unreconciled. They understood what was at stake: their relationships and sending the right message. They entered the ministry of reconciliation for Christ’s sake.
As His ambassadors, we really can’t implore others to be reconciled to God through Christ while refusing to be reconciled to each other. Start right there as a representative of His grace!
In love, God reconciled the world to Himself in Christ, who bore the weight of our offense at the cross.