Welcome to “Word from The Center” MONDAY, a devotional word from the Center of our faith, Jesus Christ, with reflections on His Word. I’m Gregory Seltz. Today’s verses are 2nd 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 reconciliation, for we are God’s ambassadors, as though were making His appeal through us, be reconciled to God!
BRIDGED GAP, STANDING IN THE GAP!
In Washington, D.C., it 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. Why? Because in life in general, people more and more 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 a “benevolent” government, but when you can tax people, garnish wages, and demand obedience, 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 verses for today are 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 quite literally bridges sinful humanity’s gap with God by reconciling us back to God. And here’s what will really blow you away: It didn’t happen by power, coercion or pressure (That’s why even “good” government can’t save us, and even our best “policies” are never going to reconcile us where it really matters). No, the God of Scripture, who is righteous, holy, and even all-powerful, miraculously reconciled a sinful, rebellious world back to Himself through service, sacrifice, and mercy. God has done all that in Jesus 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.” Then, with that perspective on life, begin to take up the challenge of living graciously towards others in the same way He has toward you. Realize that the very reconciling power of God that drew you close again to Him is available to you and then through you as you prayerfully serve others the way that He has served you. Let faith in Christ “bridge the gap” in your relationships and may that faith give you strength and power to “stand in the gap” for others so that they might know His love too. Let that testimony be a reality in your life to bless you and those around you 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 faith to trust that message for my life and then courage to put that reconciling power to work for others. AMEN.