Jul. 27, 2016

A Higher Call

“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. 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 5:18-20 (NIV)

Many people struggle to discover the true meaning of life. Once discovered, they search to find their purpose within life’s meaning. This struggle is a hard one, but is very real in the lives of most human beings. At one time or another, I believe even Christians ask the question, “God, why am I here?” 

Once we attach ourselves to God through Christ and claim Christianity, we are commissioned to a higher call.  We are to be Messengers of Reconciliation and Ambassadors for Christ. We are not called to be male or female; rich or poor; depressed or giddy; black or white; green, blue or red. We are called to serve Him. Pure and simple, He needs us to do His work in this world. 

In a letter to the Believers in Corinth, the Apostle Paul taught that God sees us as His Messengers of Reconciliation. If we claim to be of God, God asks us to spread the word regarding this spiritual transformation, or change, which is available to anyone who asks to be part of it. Reconciliation does not stop there. If we are truly Messengers of Reconciliation, we teach that God reconciles Himself to us and we help others understand God’s desire for them to do the same. If this transformation is authentic, we must have a life that reflects the importance of reconciliation. We cannot live a life of chaos, confusion, and hate if we are truly children of God. If we choose turmoil and division over reconciliation, we are not fulfilling our highest calling. In contrast, we paint a very dark picture of Christ to the world. 

Just a few verses later Paul goes on to teach, “So we are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”

Think about those words: messenger, ambassador, reconciled, “as if God were appealing through us.” I personally believe this is where the Church experiences its greatest failure. We are not performing the role as Messengers of Reconciliation; we are more like instruments of division. We are not serving as Christ’s ambassadors at a time He needs us most. We are not truly reconciled to God if we live outside of His will for us. If we are not seeking reconciliation with others, we limit our effectiveness and diminish the power of His message.

And, we wonder why earth is going to hell in a handbasket? We are handing our lives over to evil just by our refusal to do good. Good is not so much a description of behavior as it is a defining lifestyle.

Lord, if I am the only glimpse of Jesus someone sees, is that person seeing all of Jesus or mostly me? Lord, we hear Your appeal. We believe You are real. If you do not count people’s sins against them, why do we? Teach us, Lord, to reconcile quickly as both Your ambassadors and Your messengers. Amen.