2 Corinthians 5. 14-21

Reconciliation: To make friendly again or win over to a friendly attitude,  to settle a dispute, to bring into harmony.

2 Cor. 5.16-20 Paul states that as believers ,”we recognize no one according to the flesh,” that is, according to the outward appearance,” for if “any one is in Christ he is a new creation, the old things are passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from 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, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ.”

There are a lot of pictures in scripture regarding the concept of salvation, a lot of descriptive words affiliated with redemption, but I especially like the word reconciliation as used in this passage. I have just recently been involved with the production of “The Music Man” where I sang with the  quartet singing barbershop harmonies. We practiced long and hard to learn our parts and when it finally came together, what a joy it was to hear ourselves in harmony.  We each knew immediately  when one of us were on the wrong note and a quick glance from each other emphasized that everyone else knew too.  But to be in harmony with God is an even greater joy, which of course is an understatement.

The former Joliet Crusaders for Christ, a gathering of about 45 churches in the Joliet area is again uniting this summer to set up our tent at, at least two locations to invite the unchurched people of the area to come to Christ, and to unite the body of Christ in all of our participating churches.  As ambassadors for Christ we have seen dozens of people come to Christ and dozens more come back to a fruitful relationship with our savior over the last five years.

First Pres. will be involved again this year taking a night, we are tentatively scheduled for July 26  to do our part in this evangelistic outreach, so watch for further notice, and ask God if He wants you to be involved in this particular reconciliation activity.