“… God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:19). To a lot of people, the preaching of the gospel ought to be only from behind the pulpit. This is not true. God didn’t assign the preaching of the gospel to a select few in the body of Christ. In fact, the office of the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers is not to the world, but to the Church.
The Bible says in Ephesians 4:11-12, “And he gave some, apostles; and some prophets; and some evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry….” These five-fold ministry gifts in the Church are for the perfecting of the saints, so that the saints can do the work of the ministry. What is this work of the ministry? It is the preaching of the gospel to the peoples of the world. This is what the Bible refers to as the ministry of reconciliation; it’s a ministry for every believer.
The moment you became a child of God, having eternal life, with the infilling of the Holy Ghost, you became a witness of His resurrection; a minister of reconciliation. That’s your office! You’re a witness of eternal life, a preacher and proof-producer. Every Christian has been called to carry out this great ministry of reconciliation; it’s the greatest ministry that could ever be given to any man. The Bible says there’s more joy in heaven over one sinner that repents than over ninety-nine just persons that need no repentance (Luke 15:7). Let all of heaven resound with joy everyday, as you fulfill your duty as a minister of divine verities by leading someone to Christ. Let your daily routine and engagements accommodate actions and activities that culminate in leading people to Christ. This is your priestly ministry as a believer.
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