Week 14 Word: Reconciled
Week 14 Text: Romans 5:10 NLT
Written By: Caitlin Skidmore
“For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.” (Romans 5:10 NLT)
It’s so easy to feel like we deserve things from God. Easy to forget that without Jesus, we wouldn’t even have access to God, and it’s only because of His grace that we have anything. He is the reason we have hope, salvation, peace.
In Romans 5:6, the Bible says that while we were still powerless, Christ died for us–the ungodly.
That goes against everything that seems fair to us. We crave fairness. We soak in movies and stories where the hero battles the villain and overcomes crazy odds to save the innocent. Evil loses and good wins and we cheer!
But when a story unfolds and someone undeserving is saved, we feel cheated. That’s not supposed to happen–they deserve justice, not grace!
Yet that’s exactly our story.
We were dead in our sins. Totally broken and undeserving. Lost and alone and without a single shred of hope. But God loved us so much that He sent His Son–His only Son–to take on our punishment and then die in our place.
Jesus made it possible for us to have a relationship with God again by His death on the cross. And if He was willing to give up His life, how much more will He finish the work He started in us!
2 Corinthians 5:17-20 (NIV) says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come; the old is gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed us to the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: be reconciled to God.”
Just like God sent Jesus, Jesus is sending us to be His hands and feet of reconciliation.
How can you spread what God has done? To the nations? To your neighbor? To the person in your life that doesn’t deserve it?
This charge we’ve been given is hard. It’s messy. It goes against what’s “fair,” and honestly, it would be easier to ignore it or brush it off. But God gave us reconciliation, and He offers it to everyone. And as His hands and feet, this is our calling: to live our lives in such a way that our friends and our neighbors and our least favorite people see what His grace has done for us. And as He gives us opportunity, to share that He longs to do the same in their lives.
- Have I forgotten what a big deal it is that God sent Jesus to die for me when I waspowerless and ungodly?
- Who is God putting in my life and on my heart to share His message of grace and lovewith? When will I pray for them this week?
- Is there anything I can do to show them His love?