Blogging the Bible Day 120: 2 Corinthians 4 & 5

So I recently sent out a survey to our church family and one of the questions on there was, “I will invite at least one person to church in the next 12 months.” 23.4% of the respondents said, “NO.” This survey is completely anonymous so I have no idea who those 23% are, and some of them may have very legitimate reasons for saying, “No,” I personally can’t think of any, but some may…I guess if they’re homebound that would make sense for them to say “no” but much beyond that I don’t understand…

But there are some who reason simply, “It is not my responsibility” or “I just don’t care enough to.”

I read something in today’s reading that those folk who said, “No” may want to hear,

“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” -2 Corinthians 5:20

Who are the “We”? The church members, that is whom Paul is writing to. The last line is interesting…in order to be ambassadors, true ambassadors we must be “reconciled to God.” And then verse 21 tells us how…

“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf,” -2 Corinthians 5:21a

For what purpose?

“so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” -2 Corinthians 5:21b

“the righteousness of God” i.e. ambassadors.

Christ became sin for us not so we could sit in church and never reach out to anyone…

But so we could be ambassadors.

Saying “No” could be very close to saying “No” to being God’s ambassador…

And I’m not saved by being an ambassador…but if I am truly saved, then I will be an ambassador…

Something to think about if my “no” is because I just don’t care to or I somehow think being an ambassador is not my responsibility.

Tomorrow’s Reading: Exodus 17-20


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