Ministry of Reconciliation

18 02 2011

“We will appear before Christ and take what’s coming to us as a result of our actions, either good or bad. That keeps us vigilant, you can be sure. It’s no light thing to know that we’ll all one day stand in that place of Judgment. That’s why we work urgently with everyone we meet to get them ready to face God. God alone knows how well we do this, but I hope you realize how much and deeply we care. We’re not saying this to make ourselves look good to you. We just thought it would make you feel good, proud even, that we’re on your side and not just nice to your face as so many people are. If I acted crazy, I did it for God; if I acted overly serious, I did it for you. Christ’s love has moved me to such extremes. His love has the first and last word in everything we do.” (2 Corinthians 5:10-14, MSG)


Has anyone ever called you a “Jesus Freak?” or said “yeah, she’s one of those Christian-y people,” dripping with heavy sarcasm and a smug layer of disapproval? I can’t say I blame them sometimes.

Many Christians, while they mean well, have a variety of unwelcoming tactics they use to persuade people to the cause of Christ. I wonder sometimes, what compels them to this? And it is this. The Ministry of Reconciliation.

I’m not saying that all persuasive tactics are wise, especially when they are tainted with heavy judgment and condemnation (think  campus preacher, guy shouting through a bullhorn etc.), these two things are not of Christ. But in love, as Christians we are called to evangelize, to reconcile the world to Christ, as we have already been reconciled.

If we truly believe what we say we do, that Christ is the only way to Heaven, then why would we not desperately desire everyone to believe? If we kept this knowledge to ourselves, we are not doing the world any good. We are simply letting them die without any hope of eternal life. So we want to pay it forward. We want you to know what we already know, what someone else impressed on our hearts, that Jesus loves you, and that God wants to be reconciled with you through Jesus.


In His love,




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