Ministry of Reconciliation
The dictionary defines reconciliation as a process of making consistent and compatible and it’s also when former enemies agree to an amiable truce. The word reconciliation has a positive connotation. It represents two parties that were once separate coming together in agreement. In one of his epistles, Apostle Paul urges the people to be reconciled with God. Let us read from:
2 Corinthians 2:17-20 (NIV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
It’s in Christ that we become a new creation. Praise the Lord that we are no longer children of wrath or sinners! Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, our sins have been forgiven and washed away. However, the key is that we need to be in Christ, to believe in Him, in order to become the new creation.
God our Father is in the business of reconciliation. So, as His children, we ought to be part of this business He is in. First, God reconciled us to Him through Jesus Christ. The reconciliation was made available more than two thousand years ago when He sent His Son Jesus to die for our sins. Due to sin, all men are separated from God. This is because our Holy God can never withstand any bit of sin. But because of His great love for us, He sent His son to be the ultimate Sacrifice for all our sins. The past, present and future sins are paid for, at the Cross.
In 2 Corinthians 5:18, we read that God not only reconciles us with Him, but He also gave us the ministry of reconciliation. We have heard of different ministries: children ministry, adult ministry, worship ministry, prayer ministry and so on. Today, God is showing us a ministry that all of us belong to – the ministry of reconciliation. Regardless of our gifts, talents or age, every one of us belongs to this big ministry.
Every person in the ministry of reconciliation is called to do the one thing – to spread the message of reconciliation. All of us are the messengers of this message. It’s the message that God wants to restore everyone to a relationship with Himself. Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:15 (NIV) teaches us: “And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again.” Jesus died for everyone’s sin. This just shows the desire of God to have an intimate relationship with everyone. He wants every precious person and soul to have a restored relationship with Him and be saved. It’s His desire that none should perish. When we become a new creation, our life purpose also changes. We are no longer living for ourselves and our personal desires, but we live for Jesus, the One that died for us on the Cross, the One who defeated death, and the One who resurrected and is victorious over all things.
Come, let us pray.
“Dear Abba Father, I thank You for loving me and for reconciling myself to You. Thank you for sending Your Son Jesus to die for me on the Cross to bear and atone for all my sins. I thank You for the restored relationship that I can now have with You. I surrender my life and change my life purpose to live for You. I am committed to the ministry of reconciliation and to spread the message of reconciliation. Father, let me be sensitive to every opportunity and person to share the message of reconciliation. I thank You that indeed, it is Your love that compels me to be Your messenger. In Jesus’ Name I pray, AMEN.”