And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 2 Corinthians 5:18 (KJV)
God has reconciled, katallasso, returned us to favour with Himself by Jesus the Anointed One. He has received us into favor with Himself, His plan and His purpose.
This great privilege of position affords us the wonderful opportunity to work together with His Spirit in the reconciling of multitudes to Him.
For we are fellow workmen (joint promoters, laborers together) with and for God . . . 1 Corinthians 3:9 (AMP)
Sovereign though He is, He has chosen to work with and through men and women who have accepted the sacrifice of Himself in the Person of His Son and the leading of His Holy Spirit.
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. Romans 8:14 (AMP)
There is no need for any born-again Christian to ask, “What is my ministry?” All true ministry begins with “the ministry of reconciliation,” the service, diakonia, the ministering of those who execute the commands of God almighty. The ministry of those who by the command of God proclaim and promote the kingdom of God.
The Christian’s ministry is the same one that Jesus had while He was on earth.
Matthew 10:8 (KJV) Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
This ministry is not only prophetic, evangelistic and apostolic, it is practical in that it includes meeting the physical needs of people by service: the preparation and serving of food, clothing and/or shelter.
The “minister” is one who, “led by the Spirit of God,” has made up their mind to care for the “sheep” of the Lord’s pasture. He is the one who searches for the “lost sheep,” tends the wounded sheep, and nurtures those in the fold.
He is someone just like you.
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