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Friday, January 1, 2010

The Ministry Of Reconciliation

Each month, I go through the same personal ritual of reconciliation: I reconcile my checkbook with my bank statement.

When the bottom line of my checkbook is in alignment with my bank statement, I’m at peace with my bank. But when the bottom line of my checkbook does not align with my bank statement, I groan inside. I don’t feel good. I can’t rest until I reconcile my checkbook with the bank statement.

On one occasion when my checkbook did not align with what my bank was telling me, after repeatedly going over my arithmetic (I mean repeatedly), I was convinced the bank was in error.

I took my checkbook along with the bank statement to my local branch, and sat down with an employee who had the ministry of reconciliation.

To my astonishment, when this gifted person found the problem, it was as plain as the nose on my face. And the egg on my face was very plain, too. The sin was clearly mine! Admittedly, I was a bit embarrassed, but down deep it felt good to have my checkbook reconciled with the bank. I was at peace with the Bank of America.

Last week I made reference to II Cor. 5:17-20 and Col. 1:17-20, where we find that followers of Christ have been given “the message of reconciliation.” Here we see Christians having the ministry of reconciliation between people and God.

Wow! But that’s not all the reconciliation Paul mentions. He writes about reconciliation between God and “all things,” in heaven and on earth (Col. 1:20).

Things? Not just people?

What things on earth need to be reconciled to God?

Actually, everything on earth needs to be reconciled (or, "aligned") with God! This includes all work-related things. Things like how we repairs automobiles, how we sell clothing, and how we manage civil affairs.

One great example of a follower of Christ reconciling his work-related things to God, is Jack vanHartesvelt.

Jack buys and sells multi-million-dollar hotels for an investment firm. About a week prior to my video taping of Jack in his Seattle office, his firm was involved in the selling of a Manhattan hotel--for one million dollars per room.

Buying and selling hotels? Can this “thing” be counted among the "all things" on earth to be reconciled to God?

Watch Jack's compelling story, and let me know what you think.

Click: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJRU2EEqcaQ

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  1. How encouraging! So, who is going to put together a book of examples, like Jack's, of Christians living out God's design in all manner of walks of modern life?

  2. A big project!

    Worldview Matters has put together some clips of real-life examples (business and otherwise) in a 2-part book-and-DVD curriculum we call "More Than A Paycheck."

    The video clip of Jack is from that series.

    Down the line in this blog, I'll share other examples. Next month we'll highlight a scientist: Dr. George Washington Carver.

    Many people are not aware if this, but Carver's "driver" in life was clearly a biblical worldview.

    For more information about the full M-TAP book-and-DVD series, click "More Than A Paycheck" under the "Further Information" section, along the RH side of this blog.