Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Does God really want to use you in His kingdom?

A few days ago I overheard one Christian telling a few others that sometimes God might want to use us to do something for Him regarding His kingdom.

Yes, I bit my tongue instead of butting in.

"Sometimes"?

There's a very non-biblical mindset among many Christians that God created us, gave us life, and then let us loose to be our own sovereign beings, molding life according to our own desires, and every now and then He might ask us to do something for Him, as if we were a "neighbor god" he was seeking assistance from.

Wow, could we get the truth more wrong?!

Sin entered --- and wrecked --- this world when one of the first human beings bit into the temptation of wanting to be like God. But there's only one God, one sovereign Creator, and that's not you or me. Since that disastrous decision in a garden long ago, we've all made the same deadly choice, and God is the only one who could fix it.

He did.

Get this ...

"For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people's sins against them ..." 2 Corinthians 5:19a.

God was so amazingly gracious in how He fixed our mess that He adopted us as His very own and, as His children, has made us His personal ambassadors to represent Him in this broken world. God doesn't just "sometimes" want to use us in His kingdom work, look at what God's design for us really is ...

"... and he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ's ambassadors; GOD IS MAKING HIS APPEAL THROUGH US ..." 2 Corinthians 5:19b-20a.

Hmmm, reading that, I think God's plan is a little more than "sometimes" using us in His kingdom work. Rather, His appeal for reconciliation to a sinful, lost world ... get this ... is being made by God through us!

At least, it's supposed to be.

Are you an ambassador for Christ through whom He is making His appeal for reconciliation? If not, what do you think your role in His kingdom is supposed to be?

Scotty

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