Before you begin, take a few moments to quiet your mind and prepare your heart to receive God’s Word. Read the following passage at least twice, and then pray through the points below.
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 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. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Our trespasses, every sin that would mark our lives, have not been counted against us because of Jesus. We have been reconciled to God and now are called to bring that reconciliation to others. Take a few moments to reflect on what it means to be ministers of reconciliation.
We are the ambassadors of Christ, called to go and represent Him before peoples and nations who need His ministry of reconciliation. Pray that God would cause us to be a people who value reconciliation and are willing to sacrifice personal comforts and desires to be reconcilers.
As we go to the nations, we are called to go to people who are not like us—people of other cultures, races, ethnicities, values, and politics. Ask God to equip us by His grace for the ministry of reconciliation. Pray that we would be a church who proactively learns and grows in ways that might make us uncomfortable, but that will make us effective ministers of reconciliation. Pray that we would humble ourselves as servants and students of other peoples and cultures, that Christ would be exalted among the nations.