Committed and Commissioned

God called us, saved us, and made us his children.  By someone else’s faithfulness to the commission we were saved.  I was an aggressor when it came to someone trying to talk to me about the Lord.  I gave them a fit, yet they remained faithful in witnessing.  Now as a child of God it is our goal to serve.  It’s a high honor and privilege.

II Corinthians 5: 17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

These verses clearly define our mission.  We please God by serving others.  We do what God has told us in his Word.  Verse 17 tells us we’re a new creature in Christ because of our salvation.  This new nature makes us capable of serving the Lord.  If you feel you’re at 10% eloquence, God can do the 90%.  We need to be faithful to the sowing because our job is to sow the seed of the gospel.  Don’t sow sparingly and keep this to yourself.  The Bible tells us that when we sow sparingly we reap the same—sparingly.  Every day we should be sowing.

When Paul witnessed all he did was give his testimony and weave in the mercy of God and how it saved him.  King Agrippa said that Paul almost persuaded him to be a Christian.  Paul said God committed to him—us—the ministry of reconciliation.  Everyone born of God is a new creature and not saved to sit on the fence or in the recliner.  We’re to serve every day.  We communicate God to others.  That’s the highest service.  A perfectly holy God sent his only begotten Son to reconcile man and God.  We were hell-deserving sinners.  What is the Bible but the book of God’s testimony—the old and new.  It’s the guidebook that shows us how to live a victorious life.  It shows us we’re lost and gives us the remedy for it.  We can never be saved without Jesus Christ.  The Bible tells us that.

Our most precious gift is our salvation and to take that to someone else is the ministry of reconciliation.  Don’t worry about how or what you’ll say.  Be faithful to God and not ashamed of him.  Pass the Word.  Sow the seed.  God will provide and work out the problems.  Does he not take care of the sparrow?  Does he not clothe the lilies of the field?  Will he not also care for us?

Many of us know all about chores in life.  We had them growing up.  We have them now.  We have chores for the Lord; the ministry of reconciliation sums it up.  Make life count for God every day.  Even standing by the fire while Jesus was in the judgment hall, Peter could have remained faithful.  Yet he didn’t.  When pressed he denied the Lord and realized full force what he’d done when the rooster crowed.  Jesus will supply the words for us.  In our heart is the potential to turn the world upside down.  That means it can turn the most “un-turn-able” heart to him.

In the ministry of reconciliation we are ambassadors.  Chapter 6:1 tells us as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.  Serve the Lord by doing the work.  Be faithful to what he had committed to us and fulfil the commission he gave us.  Be a trusted, faithful steward of what God has blessed you with.

We’ll stand before the Lord with our head up if we’ve been faithful.  Now we might even get to see our friend, families, and even our enemies get saved.  Don’t give up!

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