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"... all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to Himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to Him." 2 Corinthians 5:18 NLT

Reconciliation - restoring - relationships. The moment we give ourselves fully to God because of the cross, life changes completely. Nothing will ever be the same again. And, the change that starts in our individual lives has a ripple effect, out into the lives of others.

Pastor Matt Chandler puts it like this: "Think of the Gospel as a stone landing in a pond. The life, death and resurrection of Jesus are the cause of many ripples; they are the epicentre of God's work in the world." And he reckons the ripples go out like this: The first one restores our personal relationship with God. The second helps us restore and create human-to-human relationships to make up the worldwide Church. The third ripple happens when we move ourselves out and take the message of Jesus to those who are not yet a part of the Church.

Essentially, what Mr. Chandler's saying is that God 'reconciles' us to Himself, and that makes us able to go out and let Him use us to restore other people's relationships with Him. We think he's got it pretty spot on. Once we're brought back into that beautiful relationship with God, it only makes sense to share that with those around us.

So what now? Where are you in the ripple effect? Looking for restoration with God, preparing to build relationship within the body of Christ, or are you out there 'in the world' restoring others back to God? Wherever you are, know that you're in the best place! Good work! Keep going!

SoulFood: Acts 10-11, Matt 28:11-20, Ps 103:1-12, Pro 10:27-29

The Word For You Today (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by Rhema Media. 2011 UCB International Ltd alt

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