This is a great passage, the first few verses are a super clear Gospel and the rest of the section is a real kick in the pants. The verse that’s been on my mind is verse 20. Paul says that we’re ambassadors of Christ. It’s a cool word picture; we represent Christ and its our job to bring others to Him. If we look at the life of Paul, we get a sense of what that looks like; a life that revolves around bringing others to Christ. He’s not always successful, but Paul’s always trying. What’s been constantly bothering me is that my life doesn’t really look like that all that often. Sure, I’m pretty good at it with our students and their friends, but my neighbor doesn’t know the good news.
I think this is something a lot of us struggle with but we let ourselves of the hook because we feel incredibly awkward telling someone that they’re a sinner and need God. Don’t get me wrong, I have no intention of badgering my neighbors till they cringe whenever I’m around, but I do need to be the guy that cares enough about the people around him that he’s willing to experience a little awkwardness if it means others have an opportunity to have a relationship with God. I guess this is less a life verse and more a resolution. With God’s help, I want to be a more faithful minister of reconciliation.