Georges River Congregational Church Devotion from Pastor Haydn –
Significant in Christ: We Are God’s Reconcilers
I don’t know how familiar you are with the movie Fiddler on the Roof, but it’s one of my all-time favourites. It features a Jewish family in a Russian town at the time of the Romanov royal family, before they are forced to leave their town due to a pogrom. At the beginning of the film there is a song called ‘Matchmaker’, where the cast sing a song about how every Jewish community has an old lady who whose job it is to hook up men and women into marriages. Organising such a thing, as the song demonstrates, is no easy task because beggars cannot be choosers – you may just have to take whatever you can get, even if the prospect is old, rotund, lazy, absent, or passive.
If you are a Christian, then your job in many ways is similar, except 1) you’re not self-employed and 2) your terms of reference are radically different. Your job, being God’s child, is to bring non-believers to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, that He may be their husband, lord, and saviour. We’re not matching them up with any old thing that will do, but re-connecting them with their Creator.
As such, we are told in 2 Corinthians 5 that we are God’s ambassadors (i.e. someone who represents their home country on the international stage among unknown foreigners). Moreover, we are His reconcilers, which implies that we bridge the gap between two parties hostile to one another. Being former sinners who hated God but are now loved by Him, our great job is to bring those who hate God (sinners) into relationship with their holy Maker who is rightly angry with them. Salvation is not ours to keep to ourselves, but is to be passed on. This is meant to be our purpose, our raison d’etre.
Is this really how you see yourself? Are you defining your faith by what you don’t do (such as not watching bad movies, not participating in Halloween, etc), or is it defined by a life on display that ends the war between God and sinners? If not, then we have much praying to do and action to undertake. Let’s have our fellowship in Georges River be defined by this Matchmaking business.
God bless, Pastor Haydn.