Tim’s Daily Bread Devotional 11.2.21

By November 2, 2021Daily Bread

Good morning!

I hope this day finds you and your family well. I invite you to take a few moments with me to read and reflect upon today’s scripture selection — and to carry these thoughts with you into your day.

Today’s Scripture:  2 Corinthians 5:18-20

18 All of these new things are from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and who gave us the ministry of reconciliation. 19 In other words, God was reconciling the world to himself through Christ, by not counting people’s sins against them. He has trusted us with this message of reconciliation.

20 So we are ambassadors who represent Christ. God is negotiating with you through us. We beg you as Christ’s representatives, “Be reconciled to God!”

Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today

Paul says, “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.”

While most of the time Paul’s word, “us,” refers to himself and perhaps his coworkers in spreading the gospel, Paul clearly includes the Corinthians in inviting them to consider themselves included, as well.

Can we consider ourselves included in the “us?”

Are we included among those to whom God has entrusted the message of reconciliation?

When Paul writes, “So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us,”  it is important to note that he office of ambassador in Paul’s day referred to an officer who had a direct commission from the emperor. So, to be an ambassador of Christ is to have a direct commission from Jesus Christ.

The ambassadors of the emperor were also those who were responsible for bringing areas into the Roman Empire and making the people in those areas Roman citizens. To be an ambassador of Christ, then, is to bring others into the kingdom of God.

Paul made it clear that “we” referred to Paul and his colleagues as ambassadors, and the appeal they were making on behalf of Christ, as ambassadors of Christ, was the appeal to be reconciled to God.

But how does that “we” now include us?

Based on what both Jesus and Paul say, it clearly does. So, from this text we draw our own direct commission in the context of our own lives and times:

 

We also are to be ambassadors of Christ.

God calls us both to be reconciled and to be reconcilers.

God calls us to be Christ’s representatives in the world.

God calls us to see with the eyes of Jesus.

God calls us to tell the story of Christ’s transforming love and even to be agents of transformation.

Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the words and reflections I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.

Grace and Peace,


Dr. Tim Bruster
Senior Pastor

SUBSCRIBE TO NEWS

Subscribe to E-News

Subscribe to Newsletter Footer