Use these clues to guess which biblical character we will be talking about this Sunday, December 30: This person…
- …had a special coat given to them by their father
- …dreamt significant dreams and could also interpret other people’s dreams
- …was sold into slavery by their brothers
- …ruled as second in command over Egypt for at least 14 years, probably more
- …was reconciled with his family
What’s your answer? You’ll have to attend church this Sunday to make sure you are right!
But, even without knowing this person’s name, we get the idea that they must have been very special. This week we will explore what it means to be called into the ministry of reconciliation like our biblical character. II Corinthians 5:17-21 says , “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here! 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. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
So, In Jesus we have the means to be reconcilers in the world! While forgiveness is hard work, and perhaps reconciliation is even harder, we can turn all the bad things of our life to God. We can refuse to be victims to the things that have burdened us for too long, and instead stand boldly with Jesus to be ambassadors of reconciliation. It is when we are reconciled to God that we can be at peace with others, we must be healed in order to reach out hands of healing into our broken world.
The ministry of reconciliation is difficult and scary, but it is also wonderful! Like watching dead leaves of the previous season fertilize the new seeds of a coming season, so too we reach out into the darkness of a brokenness world and watch as ripples and sparks of peace begin touching those we encounter. This is the faithful work of reconciliation; being reconciled to God, and then turning to share this incredible love with the world.