How much of our time is given to empty and selfish ambitions, where we seek for other than God? Usually out of ignorance we do not seek, nor teach the ministry of reconciliation that Jesus provided for us and fail to grow as sons and daughters of God.
Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 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.
20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 2 Cor 5:18-20
Jesus has reconciled us to God and now, we continue in the ministry of reconciliation in ourselves and each other. Make no mistake, it is a work – not to gain Salvation, but BECAUSE of Salvation!
I would liken it to a bank. God has deposited His Son into an account with our name on it. We claim this account for our very own, upon our repentance and confession of our faith in who Jesus is and what He has done and commit our lives to Him. We have free access to this account based on His name – in which we now identify. In order for us to get what is in the bank we must conduct transactions. The transactions must be conducted daily according to the standard and conditions of the bank which are congruent to the Father and His Son.
The transactions that are acceptable and that which will give us access to the Bank is when we live an exchanged life, from the old life and now from our new life and identity found in Christ.
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Gal 2:20
There are those who have the Bank Account in Christ’s name, but have not yet conducted any transactions (they are not reconciling their life to His). They have been fed a lie saying that they need not work anymore, and all is theirs, because they believe. Yet they walk around poor and living void of the spiritual wealth that He has laid up for them. They do not have His peace, know not His joy and do not understand the principles of His Kingdom because they refuse to work with the Holy Spirit. It is like saying yes I have a bank card, but I don’t need to use it – the money is already mine. If we would hear anyone talk like this we would see they did not understand how the banking system really works! Then you come alongside them to help them understand and they start yelling at you saying they don’t have to work to get to their money that it was a gift given to them. They are so stuck on this that they do not see they may have the money, but they are not using any of it. The bank card in the Bank of the Kingdom of God, is our surrender. We go to the Bank, give (up) ourselves and this gives us access to all He gives us through His Son. His Kingdom economy is to first ‘sell all we have’ (Luke 18:22) then we are fit to follow and take part in His Will. Leave it all behind. Bring all those hurts you have been collecting – and be reconciled today in the healing of Jesus Christ. Take them to the Bank – and sell all you have to Jesus, and take up His forgiveness to cover them all. Forgive and receive His peace.