2 Corinthians 5:20 (NIV)
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.
There is a story of two guys that lived about 500 yards from each other’s home. Nobody knows what started the rivalry, but their houses were on a different streets, so that automatically put them in the category of “enemy.” They used to shout and call names at each other, throw stones in the summer, and snowballs in the winter. It went on for years and to this day, nobody can remember what caused such hatred.
Nobody remembers what stopped it. But they grew weary of fighting one another and decided to become friends. Instead of shouting at each other, one asked the other if he collected postage stamps. To his surprise, he did and they arranged to meet after school to swap our doubles – stamps that thye had more than one of. From that moment on, they became the best of friends and were constantly in each other’s company throughout their teenage years. They had discovered similar interests and given up on fighting. They had buried the hatchet and reconciled their differences.
I guess that’s what God did when He sent Jesus into the world. He took on our similarities and gives up on our enmity. God gives us a wonderful opportunity to be reconciled to Him and restored to His Kingdom. Without Jesus, we would be at war with God forever. Without Christ, we would have no hope of returning to God’s love.
That is why it’s important that we as Christians become ambassadors of God’s peace. Sadly, that’s hard to do in a world which is bent on war. However, if we want hatred to end and enmity to cease, then we have to become agents of reconciliation and servants of goodwill. Without Christ, our world will be at war forever. Without Jesus, the earth will have no hope of experiencing love.
Dear Lord, remind us that our faith is not meant for fighting, but for reconciling. Help us to remember that You call us to be ambassadors of God’s unity, and not agents of the devil’s divisions. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.