The Ministry of Reconciliation

Those from among you shall build the old waste places;
you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach,
the Restorer of Streets to Dwell In (Isaiah 58:12).

I love the Book of Isaiah. What a poet’s heart that prophet had! Though the book’s message is from God, as are all books of the Bible, it is Isaiah’s writing style that we see shining through. As a writer myself (with a passion for poetry!), I appreciate that.

But as much as I love writing, that’s not my ministry. When people realize what I do, they often ask how I discovered my ministry, as they are trying to discover and identify their own. I quickly tell them that their ministry is exactly the same as mine, and that they will discover it as I did—in the Scriptures. Second Corinthians 5:18-19 lays it out for us: “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation” (emphasis added).

Our ministry is not to be writers or speakers, teachers or preachers or worship leaders. We are to be “reconcilers”—“repairers” and “restorers,” as Isaiah put it. Jesus did what was necessary to effect reconciliation between God and man, but His work is done and He has now returned to the Father, leaving the completion of the ministry of reconciliation to us, the Church, those who have already accepted reconciliation to God.

What an awesome responsibility! Though that ministry of reconciliation will read out differently in each of our lives—some of us are called to write, some to teach, some to preach, some to sing, some to greet visitors at the church door, some to visit the sick or dying or imprisoned—we all have the same ministry. And not a one of us can accomplish it in our own strength. God has designed it so that in order to fulfill our calling, we must first depend on Him, but also on one another. I can’t effectively minister reconciliation to others apart from you—and you can’t do it apart from me.

We’re a team, folks, and God is the Team Leader. He has given us the ministry of reconciliation—calling others to restored relationship with God and with His people—and He requires that we stand shoulder to shoulder with our teammates as we follow Him, leading others to the Father’s heart.

It is an honor to minister with you, beloved!

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Copyright 2009 Kathi Macias, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored 26 books. Her newest books are:
“Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World”


and


“Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today”
(New Hope Publishers) The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

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