Our Ministry of Reconciliation
The highest privilege of any man or woman on the face of this planet is to be a herald of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Easter Cross Witness was conceived with this view at its end. The purpose of the ECW is not to place thousands of white crosses in peoples front yards in various cities around this nation and around the world, but that the crosses would be a tool to help those who know the grace of God, share and ultimately give away their faith. The best definition of a Christian, a disciple of Jesus Christ is simply this:
A Christian? One beggar showing another beggar where he found bread!
As those who have received the grace of God, it is now our privilege and mission to be agents of reconciliation. The Apostle Paul beautifully articulated this in his letter to the church at Corinth.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21(NIV)
First Things First…
That’s it! We, who have been reconciled, have now been given the privilege of the ministry of reconciliation. And guess what? We are Plan A and there is No Plan B! And Jesus gave us instructions as to how to go about this ministry of reconciliation!
- Then to the uttermost parts of the earth!
Your neighborhood is your Jerusalem. This ministry we have been given needs to begin in our own back yard. Tens of thousands of believers jump on a plane every year and run to a distant land to share the gospel. This is wonderful, but first things first. And our first priority for this privilege ministry of reconciliation needs to begin at home, with our neighbors. This is the mission of the Easter Cross Witness.