BIBLE VERSE: Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18).
TRUTH: We all believe in reconciliation on a horizontal level. We love to see warring members of families come together, break bread, hug and patch up differences. We have "peace-makers" reaching out across color, class and community lines to bring people of different walks of life together for the common good. For Christians bringing people together to resolve differences is a good thing, whether it be strained relationships in marriages, churches or even the work place. But what about reconciliation with God?
The same people who would fuss and fume if their steak is under-cooked at a restaurant are the same ones who treat their eternity with absolute disregard! But this does NOT change the fact that God has made a way, when there seemed to be no way back from the precipice. The Fall of Man in the Garden (Genesis 3) where sin came into the world, created this one huge chasm between the Creator God and His creation. But Philippians 2 explains that the Almighty had already purposed in His Mind, to send the Ancient of Days - one like the Son of Man - to get off His Throne with a plan to bring wayward mankind back into the fold. Thus began the Most Important Intervention in History - God proactively offering His own Life to bring lowly humans back to Himself. There IS a qualifier - repentance, faith and complete commitment. Once that is accomplished, we hit the road with the "ministry of reconciliation" which is the call of each born-again believer to tell of what God has done for us, through His Life, His offer of Forgiveness and His Salvation.
Be ye reconciled today!