While we talk about reconciliation, the first thing we should be doing after becoming a believer is reconciling others to Jesus.
After all, there is NOTHING like experiencing PEACE WITH GOD! Our first desire should be to lead others to that same peace. Our responsibility is to show and tell. We are to live out the faith we have received and to tell others about the love of Jesus, the source of our faith. What they do with that information is between them and the Holy Spirit!
That should bring you comfort - knowing that someone else’s decisions are not our responsibility. It’s theirs. Our responsibility is obedience in sharing the gospel, lending a hand, being the Jesus that other see.
How can we actually be an instrument of reconciliation for others to Jesus? I’m glad you asked. Like I mentioned recently about my Mother, she always managed to turn whatever subject into Jesus. I don’t mean in a “preachy” kind of way and not a talking “at” you kind of way. But like she had just spent time with Him and couldn’t contain herself from telling you about it! I hope that makes sense.
Back in the day as I grew up in church, we were really legalistic even though we knew we were saved by grace. With legalism comes judgmental attitudes. When that’s in your heart, you can rest assured that’s what comes out and that’s what people see. Maybe without even knowing it, you belittle or talk down to them or beat them up with your Bible. I hate to admit it, but that is who I was for years as a believer. My most common form of speech was sarcasm. And I was a pro at it. Lord, forgive me! And if you have been on the other end of that from me, please accept my deepest regrets. I pray you, too, ca forgive me.
Today, I try to see people through “rose” colored glasses. What I mean is I try to see people through the lens of Jesus- He shed His blood for them. When you start to look at people in that context legalism and judgement begin to fall away. I mean, it’s only by His blood that I am not still bound for hell and a slave to sin.
How can I not tell others there’s a way out? And that’s what the great commission is about.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19-20 ESV
This is our priority number 1 as a believer and follower of Jesus Christ.
Yes, this can be hard…well, uncomfortable…sometimes but the rewards are great! Not only are you rewarded for your obedience, but that new believer has been saved from destination - hell - and now they know that peace with God so they can share it with others!
I’d love to hear about some of the reconciliation moments you’ve shared in the comments!