Sunday, November 2, 2014
YOU stand between God and sinners ...
Genesis18:16-33 tells how Abraham pleaded for mercy on behalf of the sinners in Sodom. These sinners were of the bold kind, so much so, this is how the Lord described the situation ...
"So the Lord told Abraham, 'I have heard a great outcry from Sodom and Gomorrah, because their sin is so flagrant'," Genesis 18:20.
So Abraham began to bargain with the Lord, asking him to spare the city if enough righteous people could be found in it. If Abraham cared only for the righteous, he would have made a different request of God, but he cared about the destruction of sinners as well. So he placed himself between them and God, and pleaded on their behalf.
That was then, this is now.
Our "now" is that you and I, as Christians, are now standing between God and sinners. This time, it was God who put us in this position, but before doing so, He equipped us for this vital stance ...
"And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people's sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ's ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, 'Come back to God!'" 2 Corinthians 5:18-20.
God doesn't want to see anyone destroyed because of sin, but desires that everyone repent of their sins (2 Peter 3:9). To warn people and to encourage them to turn from their sins and make peace with God, we have been made His ambassadors and equipped with a message of reconciliation. God has put us between Himself and sinners so that He may make His appeal through us!
So there you stand, between God and sinners. What are you doing?