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St. John's Episcopal Church, Montgomery, Alabama, established in 1834.

St. John’s Episcopal Church, Montgomery, Alabama, established in 1834.

“All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18-19 NIV).

As long as we were bound to this world by sin, we could not have a relationship with our Holy God. For this reason, God sent Jesus. Someone had to pay the price for the sins of the world. Since Jesus willingly gave Himself to pay that price, we now have the humble honor to have a relationship with God through Christ. We ought to feel humbled to the very core of our existence that we can pray and know that God hears our prayers.

In addition God has committed to us the message of reconciliation. In other words, we are privileged, and beyond that—obligated to share this good news throughout the world.

False religions demand that their followers do extraordinary good deeds, live exemplary lives, give substantial monetary gifts, and follow difficult traditions. This is all required for the person to advance to a higher level.

Trying to work your way to Heaven is futile. God reached down to provide a way for us. He provided a sinless man to take on our sin and be the sacrifice for all who believe.

When we accept Christ, we throw ourselves on His mercy. We cannot do enough good deeds or give enough money to cover our sins. It is impossible. But with God all things are possible. He did it all. He paid the price and we became His children. Sharing His story, telling about this reconciliation, is the best thing you could do for another person. The miracle is that God handed the torch to you. Run with it!

This is day fifteen of a forty day devotional, The Miracle Of You. Click here for more information.

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