2 Co 5:18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 2 Co 5:19 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.
This verse came to mind from a phone call that I received today. Yesterday a computer technician came to my house to repair my son’s computer, and I always use these occasions to speak of the Lord.
This woman recited how she believed in God and we had a conversation about what her faith meant to her. In her own words, it meant that she did believe in the Gospel of Truth, but she did not attend church although she did pray. She felt that her prayers had sustained her through many of her difficulties—especially a recent heart attack. She related that her sister had told her she was going to Hell because she did not attend church. I did discuss with her that God wanted believers to congregate and study the Bible. She said that she met once a month with her neighbor and that he gave her a publication entitled “The Daily Bread”.
Before she left I gave her my card and two of my Gospel CDs—one for her, and one for her neighbor. About an hour later she called and wanted to let me know that instead of her neighbor, she wanted to send the CD to her sister. She was very kind in her compliments for the CD and encouraged me to record another. I thanked her and let know that it was okay to send it to her sister and that she could stop by anytime and get another CD for her neighbor.
This morning she called to let me know that last night she called her sister to tell her that the CD was on the way. Her sister was surprised that she was sending her a Gospel CD given that she did not attend church. This prompted her to have what she described as “their first in depth discussion of their shared faith”, and her sister was quite surprised to find of her love for the Lord absent church attendance. For the first time each understood they would spend eternity together and they rejoiced.
You can imagine the prayers of thanksgiving that my wife and I had. It was a blessing to know that the CD played a part in the ministry of reconciliation between these two sisters in the Lord.
Published on Friday, September 4, 2015 @ 4:32 AM CDT