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Today’s VerseSo we have been sent to speak for Christ. It is like God is calling to people through us. We speak for Christ when we beg you to be at peace with God. — II Corinthians 5:20 ERV
DevotionThere’s a problem. The problem is the most fundamental problem in all of creation. If problem-solving is your thing, then this is the one you should concentrate on first. The problem is that the relationship between God, the Creator of all things, and humanity, the crown of His creation, has been damaged and disrupted by our sin against God. Consequently, instead of being at one with one another, there is opposition. What’s needed is peace. What’s needed is a way to end the opposition and initiate peace.
As a matter of fact, there is a way. God made a way to solve the problem. If you want to take advantage of the solution for yourself, then you must make use of the way God has provided. After all, it’s the only way there is. You can’t just make one up. You can’t just solve the problem on your own terms. God is the supreme party in the relationship and, as a result, He gets to dictate the terms. You don’t have to accept His way, but, if you don’t, there will be no peace between yourself and Him.
Where can you find the way? God uses people to call to you. God uses people who have already found the way to call to those who haven’t. Such people are heralds of the way. They are the most important people in the creation because they know the way to solve the most fundamental problem in the creation.
What is the content of the call they make? They beg people to be at peace with God by accepting the terms God has set in place. In order to end the opposition, in order to get on the good side of God, you must accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Jesus was perfect, but God placed our sin on Him and made Him pay its penalty by dying on the cross. If you accept this, then God places Jesus’ perfection on you and ends His opposition to you (II Corinthians 5:21).
As can be seen, the terms are generous. There’s no penance to pay, no pilgrimage to make, and no moral perfection to achieve. If you accept the terms, if you accept Jesus and what He has done, then you will have taken advantage of the solution for yourself.
You will have peace with God.