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Faith Matters

Reconciliation In Truth: Restoring The World Through Faith

A window is an opening in a wall that allows light to come in. A window not only allows a person to see what’s on the inside, but it also gives us the ability to see outward. Reconciliation serves as a window to God. 

Oxford’s first definition of the word reconciliation reads “the restoration of friendly relations.” The keywords are restored, friends, and relations. Many other ministers and missionaries seem so familiar with the Father because they are. They are familiar friends and have been justified through their Faith by Christ’s blood. This basically means that they are right in their relationship with Him.

They have confessed their sins, been forgiven, and accepted that the Lord Jesus Christ has saved them. Therefore, they have acknowledged that the only way to truly come to the Father is through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

And with this their relations with God have been restored, or, in other words, they have connected with the Father again because of Christ. And God has provided each of us with the opportunity of reconciliation—to be His eternal friends. It is because of the death and resurrection of His only begotten son, Jesus. 

I am sure we are all familiar with the song entitled “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”

The song begins with the following lyrics:

What a Friend we have in Jesus 

All our sins and griefs to bear

And what a privilege to carry

Everything to God in Prayer

The song then proceeds by highlighting the truth about the needless burdens we carry and the peace we give up by hesitating to take things to God.

After accepting Christ as your Lord and Savior, prayer is another essential step in building that friendship.

It is a special right that God has granted us, as His people, to express ourselves to Him. And we must practice this often, for without it we risk weakening that newfound relationship. 

I mean, think about it. We all have that person or people whom we consider our best friend or confidant. Our go-to for secrets and advice. But with distance, time, or circumstance these relationships can fizzle out.  

If we don’t continuously feed them with our attention, love, and communication, the interpersonal relationships that we have with specific people in our lives will become weaker. Eventually, we are no longer comfortable telling them anything. And we can no longer open up or share our lives with them. Your spiritual relationship with God is no different. 

And if you had a falling out with a family member, and they came back offering you reconciliation that you accepted, then that relationship will need to be nourished frequently. That would be necessary to avoid another separation or strain. Our Father in Heaven requires that same attention, love, and communication from us. 

But prayer can indeed be a challenge at times, especially for newer believers.

One of the most famous men of prayer, George Müller, actually struggled with consistent and persistent prayer as well. His mind would wander off and he’d fight to make a connection for several minutes before settling in. But one day he realized that he could converse with God by way of Scripture. That is, he spoke to God about the things that God brought forth to him in His Holy Word on a regular basis.  

And John (Praying) Hyde’s prayer life was one that he constantly nourished even at the expense of his own health. But this wasn’t before one of his own friends called him out on never being filled with the Holy Spirit.

In a lettered response to that friend Hyde replied: “At last, in a kind of despair, I asked the Lord to fill me with the Holy Spirit, and the moment I did this, the whole atmosphere seemed to clear up. I began to see myself, and what a selfish ambition I had.” Today, biographies of Hyde’s life reveal him skipping meals and losing sleep in order to sit and pray to God; so that he could continuously see God, meet with Him, and be filled with His spirit. 

Everyone will have their own way.

But I think finding that way is what separates the Lebrons of prayer from those that do it with a lack of effort or passion. We are all capable of better.

But just like sports, music, or becoming successful at anything takes an unceasing effort, so does our relationship with God. Our relationship will grow with a commitment that begins with reconciliation, the window that God has given us to get to Him. 

That being said: the only proper place to worship is in Christ. For he is our temple and our way to God. He is the window. 

Not only can we find a friend in the Lord, but we are also Christ’s ambassadors.

If you are familiar with government, then you know that ambassadors are chosen by the authority of the land, not elected. As believers who are reconciled to God, we too are chosen to represent Christ in the foreign land that is the world. 

Ambassadors must walk with wisdom, diplomacy, and discretion as they make up the minority of their foreign host country. Yet they are still expected to relate to different types of people while accurately representing the laws of their homeland. As Paul alluded to in 1 Corinthians Chapter 9, verse 19: “Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.”

‭‭Therefore, having a firm foundation is critical for any ambassador. He or she must be a leader, respected and trusted. They should be passionate about their work, have a strong sense of devotion to their homeland, in this case, the Kingdom of Heaven. In Hebrews 6:1 it states that “without a solid foundation of God’s law, His plan, and His purpose for us through repentance and baptism, we cannot succeed in our quest for the kingdom.” 

Relating to God

This emphasizes our reason for knowing God and His ultimate purpose for us. Again, as Christ’s ambassadors, we are chosen to be representatives of Him. And people should be able to recognize God and His glory when they witness our actions and hear our stories. The question should now be, how do I accurately represent Jesus? 

Up until the last several decades, ambassadors did not have the luxury of reaching their home country by phone or internet. Instead, many ambassadors could only use letters to send a message. Because of this, they would be delayed from communicating with their country for months at a time. It was important for the ambassador to know the laws of his land to determine how to make the proper decisions abroad.

To the same respect, we can’t pick up the phone, call God, and expect an immediate reply. There is no detailed play-by-play of what to do in every single situation. Many times our answer from Him will lead us to His word. He has already provided us with a manual of Do’s and Dont’s, a book of guidelines.

This is another reason why spending time reading the Bible and praying is critical to our relationship with God and our reconciliation with Him. Through prayer, we can ask him for guidance.

Restoring The World

We may not get an immediate response, but the more we communicate with God, the more we receive knowledge. Our time here as Christ’s ambassadors is our training for becoming eternal Kings, Queens, and friends of Christ in God’s kingdom. 

So, God sends the message, and Jesus is the stamp. Because I know this, I can both rejoice when I am happy and when I am suffering. Either will lead me to the hope of seeing the glory of God throughout my life and eternity.  

And when others see this hope in me, it can lead them back to God as well. And through that window of reconciliation, they too will find peace.

18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 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. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

2 Corinthians 5:18-21 NIV

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