The Word of Reconciliation

Christ died for us while we were still sinners. This demonstrates God’s love for us.

Romans 5:8 GW

As believers, our ministry is to become the word of reconciliation.

Jesus Christ is the Living Word of God.

The Holy Scriptures are the written word of God.

There are many things written in the Bible, but the core message is this: Christ restores us to friendly relations with God.

That’s the Good News, ladies and gentlemen.

Let’s face it, we have all sinned at one time or another.

Some of us were professionals at it.

Yet, Christ forgives us of our sins.

He sacrificed Himself for your redemption before you were born.

What’s the secret?

How does it work?

You have to accept it as a free gift.

You didn’t earn it.

You don’t deserve it.

He just gives His Love away.

That’s how much God loves you.

That’s the message of the Cross.

That’s the cross we need to bear everywhere we go.

As you go, tell everyone the Good News of Jesus Christ.

That’s evangelism, folks.

It’s not your job to convince them with intellectual arguments.

In fact, those who serve God should be gentle and not quarrel over words.

We simply need to speak the truth in love.

Lead with love.

If your motives are wrong, your fruit will be rotten.

We are called to live holy lives.

To be holy means to be separate and set apart for God.

Yet, we live in this sinful world.

How do we keep from becoming corrupted and stained with worldliness?

Keep the eternal perspective.

Evangelism is like going on a deep sea fishing expedition.

It’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it.

You can wash up when you get home.

We call that baptism.

Now, get ready to go fishing.

You have bait, the Love of God.

Everyone wants unconditional, redemptive love.

Go out there and love on people.

Do it in practical ways, like meeting the needs of the poor and homeless.

Pray for people’s needs.

Heal the sick.

Do it in behavioral ways, like genuinely listening and engaging people in mutual dialogue.

Cast out their demons.

Always season your words with salt.

We are to be salt and light in this Earth.

Some won’t take the bait.

That’s okay, that’s their choice.

At least you’re planting seeds and watering with the Word.

Perhaps you’re plowing through dry and dusty ground.

Sometimes it takes a while to get through years of tough exteriors that protect the broken and fragile child inside.

Your efforts are not wasted even when you see no results.

The word of the Lord cannot return void.

He always hits His target.

The heart.

His timing is not necessarily what we would choose.

Be patient.

Be faithful.

Be diligent.

Dare I say it, be religious in sharing what you have, physically and spiritually, with those around you.

Jesus never married while He walked the Earth the first time.

Why is that?

Because His Bride is the Church.

He’s not going to marry an adulterous whore.

He’s coming back for a pure and spotless bride.

The Church needs to clean up her act.

She needs to purify her heart.

She needs to clothe herself in white, the works of righteousness.

It’s time for action.

God’s Spirit is being poured out on all flesh.

To the spiritual, it is life, revelation, refreshment and power.

To the unawakened and rebellious, it is death and judgment.

We are the intermediaries.

We have the living God living inside of us.

We bear the image and likeness of Christ in this fallen world.

If you put the message out there, and someone bites, you have the opportunity to save their very soul.

Be ready.

Be prayed up.

Be grounded in Scripture.

Go in the power of His Love and Grace and mercifully deliver this world into His hands.

If you know Jesus, you already have eternal life.

This is all bonus time.

Make the most of it.

I pray that the Lord God would bless you with opportunities and empower you with love and wisdom to get the message out there.

Be bold.

Be gentle.

Be loving.

Be true.

Our God is counting on you to finish strong.

Be sealed by His Holy Spirit and forever be redeemed of all sin and failure.

In the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, amen.

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