The Gift Of Reconciliation
2 Corinthians 5:18
And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.
God has given us the gift of Reconciliation
My first job was during tax season at a tax preparation office as a receptionist. When I received my very first paycheck I asked my mom to help me open up a student checking account at the local bank. It wasn't high finance but I learned some important things with that experience. You don't write checks for money you don't have in your account. And it is better to 'reconcile' your account each month when the statement arrives.
Reconciling my check register to the monthly bank statement was pretty easy until ATM's came along. Forgetting to enter cash withdrawals caught up with me on more than one occasion. If my register was off by even a penny - it drove me crazy! Agreeing with what the bank said I really had in my account, or reconciling, became a dreaded activity pretty quickly. Making one equal the other?! Let's just say there were a few times that I just skipped a few spaces, drew a line...and started over.
God threw out all the math, all the equations that never came up equal, every way that man tried to find his or her way back to right-standing with Him when He sent His Son, Jesus, to reconcile us back to the Father. Our life would never be reconciled to God without God's willingness to draw a line and give us the opportunity to begin again.
2 Corinthians 5:18 (NLT) says "And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him."
Not only did He reconcile us to Himself, but He gave us the task of helping others find reconciliation in Him as well. God has given us the beautiful gift of reconciliation.