Read: 2 Corinthians 5:19-21
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. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Yesterday afternoon, Patrina and I stopped at a local restaurant to grab a bite to eat. An older man followed us out to the patio and Patrina asked if he wanted to join us for lunch and to our surprise, he said yes. Over the next hour or so we learned quite a bit about his life, the death of his wife of 30 years, his recent heart attack, his children and grandchildren, and hopefully he learned a bit about us as well.
After we prayed over the meal, he mentioned that he had been raised in church and still prays sometimes but he hasn’t attended a service of any kind in a very long time. We encouraged him on following his doctor’s orders, but more importantly to revisit his faith in God. He mentioned Facebook and so, in an age of online church, we suggested a church he could watch and hear a clear Gospel message. And we encouraged him to also find a local church. He felt it was a kind of divine appointment and we had to agree,. It’s not every day that you have lunch with a total stranger. We exchanged phone numbers and have sent a couple of texts as well.
Why share this? In the verses above, it is clear that those of us who have been reconciled to God have been entrusted with “the message of reconciliation.” We barely sprinkled some water on a long dormant seed, but hopefully, it will bear fruit.
In the midst of everything going on in the world today, it is all too easy to become isolated and miss the purpose of our lives. You never know when there is an opportunity to act on behalf of someone else.