Devotion: Monday, June 18, 2018

A Biblical, Christ-filled word to bless your lives. 

Welcome to “Word from The Center” MONDAY, a devotional word from the Center of our faith, Jesus Christ, reflections from His Word. I’m Gregory Seltz. Today’s verse is from 2 Corinthians 5:19-20, where St. Paul says,

THAT GOD WAS IN CHRIST RECONCILING THE WORLD UNTO HIMSELF, NOT COUNTING MAN’S SINS AGAIN THEM. AND HE HAS COMMITTED TO US THIS MINISTRY OF RECONCILITATION, FOR WE ARE GOD’S AMBASSADORS, AS THOUGH WERE MAKING HIS APPEAL THROUGH US, BE RECONCILED TO GOD!

BRIDGING THE GAP!

In DC, there is truly something miraculous when people can bridge the gap between the great divides in our culture without demeaning what is precious to us in the process. In fact, it’s virtually impossible today… really. Why? Because people often treat others as enemies to be vanquished rather than people to be loved and served. And, politics, at its core, is ultimately not about service but power. Oh, people speak about service and sacrifice, but when you can tax people…that’s power. When you can force people to do what you demand that they do, that’s power. True reconciliation of disparate people is a rare and miraculous thing in our lives in general, especially here in our nation’s capital.

And that’s why our verse for today is so wonderful. There is a miraculous reconciliation that we can know and receive in our lives. And yes, it can transform our lives, our relationships, and even our communities by extension. The message of the Gospel is quite literally the bridging of sinful humanity to God. And here’s what will really blow you away… it didn’t happen by power or coercion or pressure (that’s why even our best “policies” are never going to reconcile us where it really matters). No, the God of the Scripture, who is righteous, holy, even all-powerful, miraculously reconciled a sinful, rebellious world back to Himself through service, sacrifice, and mercy. God has done all that in Christ for you and me.

So, think about it today. You have been reconciled to God, despite your sin and guilt. You have been given a new lease on life, even though your own efforts testify to your heart that you don’t really deserve it. And, you’ve been given an eternal “retirement” plan that is as sure and certain as the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. How about putting that perspective to work in your life? Get up every day and tell yourself the truth, “I am a redeemed and reconciled child of God,” and in that new perspective on life, begin to take up the challenge of living graciously towards others the way He has towards you. And realize that the very reconciling power of God that drew you close again to Him, that power is available to you and through you as you prayerfully serve others the way that He has served you. That living faith bridges gaps miraculously. Let that testimony be a reality in your life to bless you and those you love every day.

PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for the power of the Gospel that reconciles the world back to you through your cross and resurrection. By your Holy Spirit, give me the faith to trust that for my life and the courage to put that reconciling power to work for others. AMEN.

 

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