How to Reconcile

Sunday Reflections are short comments inspired by the preaching at Servant Church.

Why should we reconcile ourselves to others? Who are the others? It is very easy to point out differences and challenges and wrongs. Alone in this world, holding onto our wrongs like children hold onto toys. Since even before the Tower of Babel, humans have divided and divided and divided, often in the name of purity. We look to differentiate so clearly that we no longer have to think to long about who is us and who is them.

The Church in Corinth was like this as well. Paul wrote to them in love but wrote with clarity and specificity about what precisely was going wrong there, and there was a lot going wrong. They were divided over who had supreme authority, they were divided over the Lord’s Table, over marriage, over anything, it seemed, that they could think of. They were a divided body. But Paul, in his second letter to the corinthians, says that Jesus came precisely to stop this. The world was separated from God through sin, and the people in the world were separated from each other.

From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:16-20)

Therefor, there is no them, there is only us. God didn’t come to tell us to be nice people and then leave us to it. No. God left the Holy Spirit. Alone, we are no better than the Church in Corinth. Alone, we are no better than ourselves. It is with God, with the Spirit, with each other with humility that we can live out reconciliation daily.