Entrusted with the message of reconciliation
Week beginning: 23rd July, 2017 | By Brent Haywood | Falkirk
"All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 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. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."2 Corinthians 5: 18- 21 (ESV)
Someone recently said to me, "It seems to me that things have gotten a whole lot more rancorous." They were referring to how social and mainstream media seemed to be adversely affecting how people were communicating. I think that they were right; it feels as though people are finding it harder to be civil to one another.
I see this spilling over into the practice of law. I am a litigator and, more often than not, clients and colleagues assume they will get a nasty and aggressive operator to do their bidding. In stark contrast, how countercultural is the message of the Cross?
We are reconciled to God through Christ and, awesome though that fact is, things don't stop there. We are in turn entrusted with this message of reconciliation and as such we are appointed ambassadors for Christ. There can be no rancour in the message of reconciliation and if we are Christ's living sacrifices (Romans 12) there can be no rancour in how we operate as his ambassadors. Avoid being infected by the disease of rancour by reflecting on, and living, the message of reconciliation.
1. It may be very challenging for you not to be drawn into practising law in a way which follows the spirit of the age. Ask the Lord to give insight into how you practice the law and pray for the grace to change.
2. It may be that you live out the counter-culture message of reconciliation; this will come at a cost. Pray for courage, wisdom and perseverance.
3. Pray for those around us caught up in the rancour we have been considering, ask the Lord for opportunities to use your awareness of this to 'speak the truth in love'.
4. Give thanks that we have been reconciled to God and are entrusted to share that fact with others.