The key to 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 is found in verse 18 where Paul says that God reconciled us to God’s self through Christ, and we have the ministry of reconciliation through him. But what does it mean to be reconciled? For me it means to be made one with God for ministry. It is never enough to think that our reconciliation is for the “eternal glory of heaven.” Always, God calls us to ministry.
Those whom God has called have also been reconciled that they may proclaim the message of reconciliation. We are redeemed for a purpose and that purpose is to share the good news with others.
To be reconciled is to be restored to that right relationship that used to exist. In other words, we who had broken fellowship with God because our sins have, through the redeeming work of Christ, been brought home again.
Paul also likens us to ambassadors, ambassadors for Christ. We are reconciled to God to be witnesses of God’s love to the world. We are to represent God in the affairs of people everywhere.
—Rev. Terry Maynard
- What does it mean to be reconciled to God, to one another?
- What does an ambassador do in service to country? In service to God?
- Why do we need reconciliation?
- How have we broken our bond with God? How have we broken that special relationship we had with someone else? How have we reconciled with them?
How Do I Act?
- Research the tasks of an ambassador. Think about ambassadors with which you are familiar. List the qualities they possess that made them either a good or bad ambassador. Make two list of these qualities, both good and bad. Discuss which of these qualities named is especially important for us in witnessing to the Good News.
- Invite church friends to share instances of a broken relationship followed by reconciliation. Mention some guidelines of confidentiality. Each person can decide and say whether or not their story is confidential. Close with a prayer thanking God for reconciliation.
- In reconciliation trust must be restored. Do a trust walk with some members of your church or youth group. Reflect together about what trust means to you and how you give and receive trust.
- One of the key issues in stewardship is staying in touch with our surroundings. Ask someone in your church to lead a discussion on how we can be more aware of our environment, or how we can be reconciled to nature? Make plans to do something concrete toward this reconciliation.