“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Apostle Paul very firmly establishes the primary work for which we God’s children must strive for; yes, the ministry of reconciliation. In the Old Testament period, the priest laid down the offerings and sacrifices of the people in the altar to reconcile them with God. Since Christ came and gave Himself as a sacrificial offering, He also became our high priest, who reconciled us back to God. This message of reconciliation becomes central to our faith and ministry. The verse carries the message of hope to all mankind that God is not counting their sins against them, but instead offering them complete forgiveness through Him. I found this so convincing and believe that it strongly advocates the assurance we have in Christ Jesus. God’s heart is always for reconciliation and He looks for opportunities to set our relationship right with Him through Christ Jesus. Many Christians go through this self-doubt whether God can love them even after they commit sin against God. Many choose to stay away from God citing their failures. Remember, it doesn’t matter how far we have gone, God always looks for that reconciliation with Him. Jonah had deliberately disobeyed God, gave himself to be thrown into water, lost all his hope and was even ready to face death. But God had a different plan for His life. He miraculously sent a fish to intervene and there in the belly of the fish, he reconciled to God. Jonah did make use of the opportunity that was given to him. When Jonah proclaimed the message of judgement, the people of Nineveh took the opportunity and reconciled to God seeking His forgiveness. In the New Testament, the message of hope is given through Jesus Christ and by believing in His already accomplished work, we are reconciled back to God. Apostle Paul himself had gone through such reconciliation in his life. He was once against God’s plan but that didn’t restrict God from reaching out and reconciling. In a world where reconciliation seems tough, God wants us to proclaim His message of reconciliation. It isn’t just about proclaiming but living the message by reconciling with one another and seeking God’s reconciliation in every area of our lives.