We were once separated from the Lord. It is no secret. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”(Rom. 3:23). Thank the Lord, He so loved us that He gave His only Son! One man died and then rose again on behalf of all mankind; this is the message of the church. We were dead in our sins, but God granted a Savior. He reconciled us unto Himself, enabling us to be reunited with Him. What is old has passed, bringing about what is fresh and new within our hearts.
2 Corinthians 5:18-20 states, “And it is all from God, who through the Messiah has reconciled us to Himself and has given to us the work of reconciliation, which is that God in Christ was reconciling mankind to Himself, not counting their sins against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors of Christ.”
Sometimes as Christians we fail to remember our calling to be ministers of reconciliation. What does that mean? According to Webster, reconciliation is the act of causing two people or groups to become friendly again after an argument or disagreement. However, God would have us take it further. So often we give way to an attitude of “it’s all water under the bridge,” but fail to deal with the damn that is preventing the flow of the Spirit from coming forth from our lives. We don’t forgive. God would have us do more than be on superficial “friendly, speaking terms.” God would have us be reunited with one purpose; that purpose being the glorification of God through us as an example of the Father’s heart toward mankind.
We’ve all been hurt. It doesn’t feel good, and often creates great chasms in our relationships with one another. Reconciliation is hard, yet as Jay E. Adams stated, “If you have been putting off going to another person to try to achieve reconciliation with him, you have wronged him.” Isn’t that exactly what Christ said regarding leaving our gift on the altar? (Matt.5:23-24) Some of us have been hurt by co-workers, friends, some by the church. If that is the case, as the shepherds of this body of believers, we ask for your forgiveness. We humbly request that you not hold any sin against us.
It is only when we operate in the ministry of reconciliation that we can truly be ambassadors of Christ. God has entrusted it to us as His representatives in the earth. In this ministry alone, manifesting itself through us, can people see the authenticity of the Gospel of Christ. It is the reunion of not only our hearts with God, but our hearts with one another, resulting in a unity that changes the world.