Summary: What is the Ministry Every Christian Should Be Involved In? Reconciliation
“The Ministry of Reconciliation”
Text: II Corinthians 5:14-20
There is a lot of good preaching in this passage, but I would like to focus for just a few moments on verses 18-20, and introduce to you to The Ministry That Every Christian (For Heaven’s sake) Should Be Involved In:
At some point in life, we look for our niche, our calling, our purpose, our reason for living. Without it, we become shallow, bored, irritable, and unstable, floating about trying to always figure out, God is this it, is this why I’m here?
There is a word that permeates this passage of scripture. It is the word reconcile or reconciliation. It appears in this passage some five times. The word, reconcile, means to remove enmity from two enemy parties. Christ is the epitome of this very principle! We by our disobedience to God’s law were enemies of Heaven, and therefore at enmity with God. Christ reconciled –changed our relationship with God
And so now, whatever this reconciliation is, Christ has entrusted it ultimately to care of the church, but placed it practically into the hands of the saved and called it a ministry (something established to serve others.)
*There are two powerful words that verses 18 & 19 teach about the ministry of reconciliation.
1. Notice the first in verse 18, “… and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.” Well when someone gives you something you become responsible & accountable for it?
2. And then in the latter part of verse 19, it reads “…and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” When something is committed to you to do, it is assumed that you will make the effort to get it done?
This ministry that you are to be involved in is not an event, a day, an hour time slot, a moment. It is to become a way of life.
Our lives must become lives consumed by reconciling sinners back to God. You say theirs more to life than the ministry/service? Perhaps, but this ministry that I speak of is to be your life.
You say, “Well theirs more to life, than reconciling sinners back to God. I have children to take care of, I have bills to pay, I have a home & vehicle to pay for and maintain. I have personal problems that need resolving, bless God I’m tired!
I have school, I have work, I have balls to pitch, shows to watch, friends to entertain, I have a life, ya know…
Hey, believe me I understand, it’s just Colossians 3:1-3, your going to have to rip that out our your Bible.
Let’s look at it…
You understand God is concerned about your happiness, yet that does not negate you from your responsibility to reconcile sinners back to God. Every day of our lives ought to find us doing less for our flesh, and more to reconcile sinners back to God. Why is this so important?
1. Because God Has Given YOU a New Nature To Nurture-
*The old nature is the self-promoter, interested in your agenda. The new nature is interested in God’s agenda! You say, “Well, I’m interested in shopping, I’m interested in entertainment, I’m interested in money, I’m interested in the bells & whistles of life.” Well Amen, is that what God is interested in?