A Ministry Not Optional

And God has made all things new, and reconciled us to Himself, and given us the ministry of reconciling others to God. (2 Corinthians 5:18)

If you woke up this morning, if you are inhaling and exhaling the God-given gift of oxygen, then you have a ministry assigned to you from the Creator of the heavens and the earth… the ministry of reconciliation. What?  “Oh, but wait! I’m not formally educated to do ministry.” “That’s not my spiritual gift.”  “You don’t understand, I’m too old… I’m too young… I have young children at home… I’m parenting rumbustious teenagers… I’m single… I’m married…I have a job… I don’t have a job… I don’t have time.” The list goes on and on and on.

In the meantime, He waits: Our God waits. Be assured: It’s not optional if you are a child of God. Think about this: God’s chosen you. He’s passionately in love with you. He pursued you once and has never stopped since. God knows your name; it’s engraved on the palm of His hand. He draws you close and warms your heart with whispers of grace and mercy, new and fresh every morning of every day.

You’ve been bought at a price and, honestly, you weren’t cheap: The reunited relationship you now experience with God cost Jesus His very life. Don’t forget Jesus’ mission on earth was to reveal the heart of God and because God’s heart bent was reconciliation of man to Himself, Jesus did what He had to do. He sacrificed His life for your sins and mine. In other words, Jesus came to pay a debt He didn’t owe because you and I owed a debt we couldn’t pay (2 Corinthians 5:21). Because of Jesus Christ, God now looks into your eyes and sees His holy and righteous Son. You are God’s beloved, divine royalty, and co-heirs with Christ. You are hand-chosen, a royal priesthood, holy and righteous in God’s sight, a special treasure He never let’s go of.

But God had a reason for not taking you and me directly to heaven as soon as we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Just as we were made new, God calls us to the ministry of reconciling others to Himself so that they, too, can experience the incomparable riches of His grace (Ephesians 2:6-10). God prepares and equips you and me for such good works.

People watch us. People question what’s different about us. Do we point them to the Difference Maker? God uses you and me to reflect His glory not only to Himself but also to those who cross our path. If Jesus was a mirror reflection of God, reconciling all men to their Creator, why should we be no different?

(Kimberly Ruoff)
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.

Based on Good News During the Worst Time on Earth on September 7th, 2019 - Watch Sermon