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Evangelism: Week 1 - Devotion 3

“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” - 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 

We know that our parents or guardians love us. After all, they tell us they love us. And they show us they love us by taking care of us. But there are those special times where they invite us into their worlds, and we know for sure, they really, really love us.

Maybe they let us help them with cooking something. Or they let us help them build something. Or run an important errand with them. Whatever the case, there are moments when, because they share life with us in a special way, we know that they love us.

To say, "I love you," is nice. To be treated with dignity, respect, and purpose is amazing. And that is what we see in the way that God loves us. He invites us to be partners with Him. He wants to harness our love for Him and use it to draw others to Him, others who may need to know God in a big way.

Read 2 Corinthians 5:16-6:2. Do you see that we’re called to see people differently because we’re Christ-followers? We live our lives and soak up all that God has for us personally. But we’re invited to look up and see that God’s love is not just for us, but for the entire world.  

We have a most important job to do. We’re called to be ambassadors of Jesus Christ. This means being God’s representative of love and grace to your friends, your teachers, and your family. God can do all of this by Himself. But, re-read 6:1. Do you see that we are God’s co-workers? We should be fine being a servant or even a slave to God. That would be awesome. But He’s gone a step further and given us the high honor of calling as co-workers. What an awesome way of showing His love for us!

Think about this:

1.     What does it look like for you to be God’s ambassador of reconciliation? How would you describe that in your own words?

2.     Who might God be putting in your life to no longer regard in a worldly perspective, but needs to know that God loves them and wants a relationship with them, just like He does you?

Emily Traylor