Called to Reconcile
By Joseph C. Ibekwe
I want to share briefly with you the most important reason why reason why you on earth right now as a Christian. It is actually your ministry. It is your assignment. It is this that determines whatever else you d o and how you do it. I will start by sharing two scriptures with you.
As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world, John 17:18 [ESV]
All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation 2 Corinthians 5:18 [ESV]
Jesus sent you into the world for one thing: reconciliation.
Every time you are doing something or saying anything, ask yourself: how is that aligning to the Ministry the Lord sent you into the world to accomplish – the ministry of reconciliation?
If your comments are divisive about people or situations, or your actions on any issues are creating more problems than solutions, then you are out of sync with your ministry.
The truth is that we are lovers of people, not haters. We love the unlovable because it is the love of God (His goodness) that draws men to God; not our hatred or dislike of people that endears them to God. It is love that moves us to pray for our enemies; not they might die but their eyes are open to see the goodness of God and be reconciled to Him.
Always see the good in people even when their actions portray evil. That’s how to be like God and function effectively in ministry as a Reconciliator.
You are here to reconcile people to God; reconcile people with people, reconcile communities with communities. You are a peace maker. That’s who you are. And peace makers don’t take sides. They stay neutral but maintain strongly on making sure the warring parties are re-united.
We are primarily to reconcile people to God, and that requires the use of appropriate language and adoption of friendly postures towards unbelievers in order to win their confidence to come to God. Paul talks about the “Word of Reconciliation”. There is a word that breeds reconciliation and there is a word that promotes division. You have to know the difference.
May you fulfill your ministry in grand style.
May the Lord help us to stay within our ministry’s mandate. Amen!
Joseph C. Ibekwe
Chapel of Grace Transformation Ministry
Tel: +234 (0) 708 015 7176