Ezekiel 22:30 states, “I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one.” (NASB) Some of us have processed our earliest identity as being part of “a praying people” by embracing this Scripture. We have determined that we are, primarily, stand-in-the-gappers.
But the truth is…our identity as pray-ers encompasses much, much more.
Jesus responded to His disciples in Matthew 6:9, “Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…” (Matt. 6:9-10, NASB)
When we think of ourselves as “stand-in-the-gappers,” it seems to me we are out of sync with what He has revealed about us and our role in this world. He is no longer “searching” for those who will commune with Him on behalf of others…through His Spirit, He is moving upon those who are already found, that they would bring His will and influence to bear in every situation around them.
2 Corinthians 5:17 starts out, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” (2 Cor. 5:17-20, NASB) The Message writes the same Scriptures this way: “All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him…God put the world square with Himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins.” An quick-look definition of “sins” might be….those vile, alienated and despairing acts that flowed from our loss of seeing Who He is….how much He loves us….and who He made us to be.
When we take off our stand-in-the-gapper robe, we are able to take off our stand-in-the-gapper veil, as well. The Father, Son, and Spirit all desire to embrace us with the intimacy they share with one another. They desire for us to see Them, as they see us, and to embrace the identity we now carry, that of ambassadors of Christ, as Christ was an Ambassador for the Father. Paul explains this when he writes, “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Cor. 5:20-21, NASB) The Message states these Scriptures this way: “God has given us the task of telling everyone what He is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ Himself now: Become friends with God; He’s already a friend with you.” (The Message, 2 Cor. 5:16-20)
As reconcilers, we are able to walk in Jesus’ statement to His disciples, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of Heaven…” and, thus, truly enforce the prayer “Your kingdom come, Your will be done”…