We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us….. (2 Cor 5:20).
We have a high calling from God my friends. It is to be a minister of reconciliation.
When I look at my life it’s easy for me to focus not on bringing people together, but instead allow my fear of confrontation to keep people apart. I’d love to say that I love bringing people together, but I’m not sure that’s true just yet. Quite honestly, my fear of making people angry, saying the wrong thing, having them not like me often times takes precedence over bringing people back together with a difficult word spoken in love.
I love to speak words of encouragement and grace, but gosh, I hate speaking a hard word. Which means that I don’t really value that persons growth or my own. I’d rather protect myself from what I fear than enter into a hard conversation for a moment so that both of us might grow.
Kingdom work isn’t always about accomplishing some great feat for God. Kingdom work involves facing our fears and trusting God with the results. Believing Him for the best and stepping out in faith when faith feels risky and uncertain is where we are met with the grace of God when we feel like we have none. Just as David experiencing the fullness of God when he stepped out into the battle field we too will be filled with this same measure of grace as we face our fears today.
Lord, thank you for the grace that is in Jesus for us. Thank you that He helps us in our weaknesses to face our fears. Lord, help me to grow as a minister of reconciliation and not run from it because of the things I fear. I entrust my whole life to you, in Jesus name, Amen.