2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Author: Martin Carver
Reflection: v. 18, ‘given us the ministry of reconciliation’
Reconciliation. Now there’s a word you don’t hear every day. What is
‘reconciliation?’ What does it mean to be reconciled? Simply put, reconciliation is putting back together what once was broken. It is the act of coming together after pressure, stress, tensions, and actions have torn something apart. How wonderful it is that we have a God who reconciles the world to Godself! What was once a strained and broken relationship, God has restored through the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. What good news for the whole of creation!
This reconciliation does, however, come with a call. Paul reminds us that God ‘has given us the ministry of reconciliation.’ We are called to participate in the work ofreconciliation that God has already begun in the world. So where are the broken places? What stresses and tensions do you see around you? What is in need of being put back together after being fractured? If we take a little time to slow down and pay attention, we’ll begin to see these places and relationships around us in dire need of reconciliation. The message of reconciliation has been entrusted to us. Let us go out into the world and, with God’s help and guidance, work towards putting back together what once was broken.
Prayer Guide us, reconciling God, to the work of reconciliation.