2 Corinthians 5:18 (NKJV) Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,
The very point of the gospel is reconciliation. It’s His story and has become our story. Jesus Christ came to earth to accomplish one thing and one thing only; to reconcile us to the Father. We were a broken mess and we had no hope. We were not only broken, but we were lost. We were lost without a map. We literally had no way of even making it to the Father. Knowing our lost state, Jesus Christ chose to come to earth and accomplish for us what we could never accomplish on our own. He lived perfectly and gave His life on a cross that should have been mine. His willingness to die for us, He made a way for us to be reconciled to the Father. He gave us forgiveness, grace, mercy, and eternal life. He reconciled us to the Father!
Since Jesus came and made us part of His plan of reconciliation were now charged with the “ministry of reconciliation.” This is what Paul means in 2 Corinthians 5:18. He is saying that since we have received the gift of reconciliation that we are now charged with the responsibility of the ministry of reconciliation. I would offer that it isn’t just a facet of the gospel, but that it is the gospel. Since that is true, we must now take on this ministry with great fervor. May we walk it out daily. May we be who the Father created us to be. May we do the thing He has called us to do and may we do it intentionally!
Psalm 51:10 (NKJV) Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
It would be nice if we could just wave a magic wand over the body of Christ and have everybody start thinking alike when it comes to sin and failure. From my experience, it simply doesn’t work like that. Instead, God comes to every heart for every action and attempts to make a correction in us one at a time. God is a ONE ON ONE God. Every person is responsible for to release their own heart to God one heart at a time. That’s why David asks- ing God in Psalm 51 to work on his heart. He isn’t asking God to change everybody else. He is saying to God, “Create in ME a clean heart.”
If we are honest, we must admit that is how God will deal with all of us. Whether we are talking about racism, gossip, addiction, or simply a bad attitude; the solution for all our failures is still the same one. We must all come to the Father individually to have our hearts cleaned by His mercy and grace. Every believer, at some point; must bring their attitude, will, and desires to our Father for reconciliation. The requirement for all of us is the same. It is for us to come to the Father and simply say, “Fix me!” The problem with the world is me. The problem with the church is me.
The problem with sin is me. I am the issue and He is the solution. My challenge to us today as a church is for us all to come to His loving arms and offer our hearts and lives to the Master for repair. If we are willing, He can do it.