“…he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him.” Colossians [1:22]
If the Father has reconciled us through His plan to send Jesus, then Jesus has reconciled us through His willingness to be sent. Jesus wanted us to know God personally, and He was willing to sacrifice extravagantly!
I’m not sure who first penned it, but my favorite definition of a missionary is this: “Someone who leaves their family for a short time so that others may be with their family for eternity.” This is what a missionary does. He/she gives up something precious to serve a greater purpose. A life may need to be lived on foreign soil, cultural preferences given up, and in some circumstances the missionary may need to be willing to die.
This is what Jesus did. He left his family for a short time so we could be with our heavenly family forever. Jesus left the perfection of heaven, so He could live among us. He freed us from death by dying on the cross.
As we seek to imitate Jesus, let us remember that we are called to reconcile with others. Often, this reconciliation requires personal sacrifice. Are you willing to make this sacrifice?
Jesus, help me to follow your example by making peace with others. Help me to know when I need to apologize, overlook fault, or give up my own preferences for the sake of a relationship. Amen.