2 Corinthians 5:17-21
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 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. 20 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. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Tears welled up in the woman’s eyes as she slid her bank card one more time through the card reader. Insufficient funds it said. The milk would have to go back. She would need to make due until the next paycheck, but that was a week away. The man next-in-line handed five dollars over to the cashier to pay the woman’s bill. The woman protested but the man insisted. The purchase was made and a thank you whispered. Much more than a gallon of milk was carried home. A heart touched by kindness went along as well. A simple act of compassion changed the woman’s day. But not only hers, the man’s as well. He would step into his God-given role as Christ’s ambassador and love someone on His behalf.
God intends to use us to spread His story of reconciliation to the world. Many times, it will be these small acts of compassion that share His love with others that will make a lasting impact. They will draw their attention to a God who cares about their struggles and sends relief.
But as much as this passage is about God reconciling the world to Himself, there is also a charge to us to get busy in our job of changing the world. “We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God” (v. 20). Implore is a strong word meaning to beg, to admonish, or summon. In a sense, it says hold what Jesus did in high regard—be reconciled through Him—and then, take that message to the rest of the world, so that “in Him we [all] might become the righteousness of God” (v 21). Becoming the “righteousness of God” is God’s gift of salvation in Christ (v.17). It is our sins not being counted against us (v. 19). This is how we are brought into a right relationship with God (reconciliation). What a privilege to be ambassadors of such good news!
Have you had an occasion recently when God has called you to be His ambassador? How did you respond?