Take a moment to open this time in prayer. Ask God to bless you as you read and reflect on the text.
Please read 2 Corinthians 5: 11 - 21
It has been stated that every follower of Jesus has a ministry and this passage certainly backs up that statement. In this passage all followers of Jesus are told that we are given the message of reconciliation or stated another way we are entrusted with the ministry of reconciliation. We are also told that, “we are therefore Christ’s ambassadors.” This means that every believer in Jesus has a ministry to be an ambassador of Jesus. At times our ministry may be grand and challenging and at other times it may be more simple and easy but be assured you are a minister to people in this world every day.
Please use the following questions for more reflection.
In verse 14 Paul describes how the love of Christ compels him. Are you compelled by the love of Jesus into action; why or why not?
Have you ever thought of yourself as a minister? We are told in this passage that we are supposed to have a ministry of reconciliation however; it is hard to have such a ministry when we are not reconciled with others. Is there anyone that you need reconciliation with? If so what is preventing that reconciliation? What can you do about that?
We are also told that we are Christ’s ambassadors. What does this mean to you? How should it dictate our actions in the grocery store, on the road, at church, and every place we go?
Closing - Use the prayer below to end the devotion or close in prayer in your own words.
Gracious Heavenly Father, I thank you that through Jesus I am a new creation. I also thank you that because of the cross you brought reconciliation into my life. Lord, help me to live out these truths in my own ministry field. Help me to bring about reconciliation in this world between you and others who do not know about your love and between individuals. Lord also grant me the wisdom and ability to be your ambassador in this world. Amen.