Ministers of Reconciliation
25th OCTOBER 2020
All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; [2 Corinthians 5:18 NRSV]
Our opening scripture reveals two important truths. The first is, that anybody who has accepted the Lordship of Christ Jesus has been reconciled with God; and the second is, that such a person (Christian) has been given the honourable task of reconciling others with God.
God has a plan to bring everyone into harmony with Himself, and this reconciliation is done through Christ alone. Jesus’ vicarious atonement included everybody; so that anyone who believes in Him can have a relationship with God. This is where the Christian’s active participation in God’s “reconciliation agenda” is very crucial. Until we tell people about this beautiful act of love, they cannot believe and hence they would not be restored into fellowship with God.
The verb “reconcile” originated from the Latin word ‘reconciliare’ which means bring back together’ , it also means; to restore friendly relations between, settle, resolve, bring into harmony and make consistent with.
Being a Christian is no mean feat; it is a calling to restore the relationship between humankind and God. Our primary ministry is to bring people back to God so that they can have a loving relationship with Him as their Father. This ministry undergirds any other thing we do. Whether inside or outside the church, we must recognise that the Holy Spirit works with us to resolve whatever difference there is between humankind and God because Jesus Christ has already paid that price in full! Hallelujah.
There are two ways by which we can do this, as seen in our opening scripture. It says that God… gave to us the ministry of reconciliation [that by word and deed we might aim to bring others into harmony with Him].
Our actions must bring people into harmony with God. This means that how we relate with people in our circle of influence is very important to our integrity as Christians. Just like our master Jesus, we may sit with unbelievers (for how else can we draw them to God if we do not draw close to them) but we must ensure that we do not sin with them.
As children of God, we must consciously preach the Good News of the Kingdom of God to all and sundry. Then many will hear, believe and be reconciled to God.
Heavenly Father, thank You for reconciling me to Yourself through Christ. Help me to seize every opportunity to bring others into harmony with You, in Jesus’ name. Amen
Further Readings: Colossians 4:6, 2 Timothy 4:2
Bible In One Year: Hebrews [12–13] & James [1–2]