Minister of Reconciliation

The morning at work started off kinda weird for me. I was sitting and playing in the block center with some of my kids and all of a sudden I got really dizzy. I ended up having to call the front desk to get out of the classroom and get some water…one of my kind co-workers also got me a piece of candy to get my blood sugar boosted. I have no idea why it happened, but I am thankful it didn’t get that bad the rest of the day. I was weak for the next couple hours, but got a lot better by the end of the work day. When I got home, Ashley and I went for a short run before dinner. Then I took Ashley to Old Navy and got her a cute outfit for her birthday. Shh!!! Don’t tell! haha ūüėČ She already knows about it (picked it out), but I am going to officially give it to her tomorrow. Now I am home relaxing with the rest of my family; probably going to watch some more Prison Break with them!

I was thinking back to something I read last week in my time in the Word from 2 Corinthians. I was thinking about how I am a new creation and what that really means. That means the old me passes away…I am not the same! God really does change people! The gospel is not something we just say we believe and compartmentalize God into only certain area of our lives; it is our life. It makes us completely different; it makes us new and more like Christ as our goal and purpose is to love Him, love others, and give Him all the glory. After we are reconciled to God, we become ministers of this great Truth to others. This is definitely something I could get better at. I want everyone else to know the greatness of knowing God and help them to know how to be reconciled to Him as well. Reconciliation only comes through Christ! We are only counted righteous by Christ’s righteousness on us. Just a quick side note, I love how Paul so clearly presents the gospel in just verse 21 alone! Love the Word of God!

Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

2 Corinthians 5:16-21

The other thing I was thinking about was how scary it is to me that someone can be close to spiritual things and have no relationship with the Savior. People can show up to the church events, say the right things, etc but that doesn’t mean they know God. Think about Judas…he walked alongside Jesus and in the end, he did not know Him. He was not faithful to finish the race. Spiritual proximity is not the same as a relationship with God. It is a challenge though, to really live every ounce of my life for the Lord and to really know and love Him more and more each moment. I pray that others would do the same and really be saved! We are not saved by doing “spiritual things,” we are saved only by the cross and resurrection of Christ!

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