All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:18, 19)
This passage is one of the greatest in all the Scripture in explaining the Gospel in a concise way.
- Christ love compels us
- One Person died for all people
- Those people should no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them
- If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old is gone, the new is here!
- In Jesus, God is reconciling the world to Himself, not counting people’s sins against them
- God made Jesus, who knew no sin, to be sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God.
This is Gospel. This is good news!
What’s significant and unique about the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth is that those who receive this gift from God are immediately given the commission to share it with others. Those whom God has reconciled to Himself through Christ have been given the ministry of reconciliation. ‘He has committed to us the message of reconciliation.’
There is no 13-week class, no seminary, no Bible College… reconciled people are given the ministry of reconciliation. Most Christians have no idea how to do this. Where do we begin? This morning I’m thinking that 2 Corinthians 5 has at least 6 ideas (see above!) that we could memorize and use as a framework for loving people to faith in Jesus.
Before that, reaching people with the message of Christ requires prayer. Begin with prayer. It requires relationships. Make friendships with people. Love people. Enjoy time with them. Listen to their stories and love them deeply. Serve them with the heart of Jesus and when God gives the opportunity, share your story of faith with them.
Father, You have entrusted the message of redemption in Christ to those You have redeemed. That’s me! I pray for eyes to see the people in my life whom I may love into Your family. Thank You for paving the way for all of us through the blood of Jesus. I worship You today.