Thursday, August 04, 2016

"Ambitious!"

2nd Corinthians 5.9; 18b-19a NASU

“Therefore we also have as our ambition,… to be pleasing to Him.”

God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself,…”

Believers are ambitious, ambitious to please God. Our life’s aim, our sole purpose, our eternal calling, the goal of all that we do is to seek to discover what pleases God that we may possibly fulfill our holy ambition.

We trust Jesus in every ambitious endeavor because trusting God’s Son is the only way we can please God. That’s it. Nothing more. Nothing less.

“And without trusting, it is impossible to be well pleasing to God.
Hebrews 11.6 CJB

Paul clarifies the task in 2nd Corinthians 5 calling it “the ministry of reconciliation.” Our role is to serve as agents of reconciliation and thereby please our Father in heaven. We stand in the gap (Ezekiel 22.30), the middle ground between God and people. We speak of the love of God. We introduce others to Him Who is the “one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1st Timothy 2.5). We openly preach Christ Who alone can pave the way for reconciliation with the Father. We ‘show and tell’ in deed and word the joy of friendship with the one who gave us “the ministry of reconciliation.” We fully trust and proclaim “him who had no sin” and whom “God made... to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God,” (1st Corinthians 5.21).

“We’re speaking for Christ himself now:
Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.”
2nd Corinthians 5.20 “The Message”

I trust Jesus who has filled me with holy ambition “to be pleasing to Him” and fulfill my ministry of reconciliation.
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The painting at the top left of this post was used in promoting a panel discussion called "Offering Reconciliation". I found it at http://heller.brandeis.edu/sid/news_archives.htm.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This all takes great faith. If I have great faith, not little faith or no faith, I will have that ambition.

JJ