You Are A Minister of Reconciliation
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ (that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior), he is a new creature (reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit); the old things (the previous moral and spiritual condition) have passed away. Behold, new things have come (because spiritual awakening brings a new life). But all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ [making us acceptable to Him] and gave us the ministry of reconciliation [so that by our example we might bring others to Him].”
2 Corinthians 5:17, 18 AMP
There’s no need for an identity crisis in the Body of Christ. God has a specific purpose for us to fulfill during our prearranged - set time here on this earth. We are on assignment and the assignment does not end until Jesus’ return. We have repented. We have been forgiven. Our previous sins have been washed away by the blood of Jesus. We are clean before God. We have peace with God. God is our friend. We have been anointed with fresh oil – every burden has been removed and every yoke has been destroyed. We are fully equipped with this new life, as born-again believers, to fulfill our God given purpose. We have been entrusted with (made stewards over)the ministry of reconciliation – this is our primary purpose. As ministers of reconciliation, we have been anointed and graced by God to preach Christ crucified – reconciling/restoring man (woman) back into God’s divine favor – just as someone preached Christ to us.
Where Would I Be If No One Preached Christ to Me?
I would be dead, not only spiritually but in the natural as well. My wrong choices and the wisdom I continued to apply from the world – demonic, sensual and, earthly wisdom (according to James 3:15) would always have me at the wrong place, at the wrong time, with the wrong people saying the wrong things experiencing unfavorable results. From the outer appearance I looked like all was well but, deep inside I was lost and confused, empty and void of true meaning for my life – destitute and without hope – I was tired of being tired. Only God knew my condition. Only God knew my heart was contrite - open and ready for change. He sent an angel (is what I called him) across my path, an obedient minister of reconciliation, preaching Christ crucified. His obedience changed my life coupled with the continued ministry of the Holy Spirit, Who was all the while leading me to this place of freedom only found in Him.
Just as the Apostle Paul declared in I Corinthians 2:2, “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified…” this is the same stance this minister took when sharing with me. He only shared Christ and His resurrection along with the new life made available for whoever believed. My faith was increased with these words. He encouraged me to go visit this faith teaching, spirit-filled ministry in Chicago and I obeyed. The moment I entered it was as if I’d made it home. The atmosphere was peaceful with the sense of a Presence (God, Himself) this bought me to my knees and a rainfall of tears throughout the beautiful sound of worship to the God I continued to run from. Then there was the altar call… the Holy Spirit nudged me immediately and without hesitation I ran to the altar, received Jesus as my Lord and my Savior, got water baptized and, spirit-filled (with the evidence of speaking in another tongue) all within the same hour. My eyes were finally opened the moment I repeated these words, “Father God, I repent. I know in my heart and I confess with my mouth that Jesus died and rose again for me. I come to You just as I am, live in me and through me. Jesus, I make You my Lord and my Savoir. I am saved. I am born again, in Jesus name.” I was called out of darkness and I entered God’s most marvelous light!