Our Greatest Gift Back to God

Weekly Digest - Wed, 7 Aug, 2019

There is one unique gift and blessing that we all received from God as His beloved children in Christ Jesus. It is the gift of agape sacrificing love with which God has reached out and redeemed us to Himself. The Bible describes God as the epitome of love (1 John 4:7) and we uniquely see His manifestation in John 3:16 and Romans 5:8. It is the only power of God through grace by faith that is capable of drawing the worst sinner to God by the conviction of the Holy Spirit. It is this power of love that Apostle Paul powerfully echoed in his letter to strengthen and encourage the Ephesian Church and Church universal bringing Jews and Gentiles together to become one through the precious blood of Jesus. He said, “remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who called themselves “the circumcised”. . . Remember that at that time you were separated from Christ, excluded from the citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility . . . “ (Ephesians 2:11-14)

                God has reconciled us back to Himself and has given us the ministry of reconciliation making us His ambassadors in the world (2 Corinthians 5, 18-20). The practical reality and implication of our being in Christ is to see and relate to one another as one in Christ without bias , deceit or discrimination. No male, no female as if one is superior and the other inferior, but one in Christ with our respective giftedness as the body of Christ building and edifying His Church. Even when we have differences of opinion, we must remember that the love of Christ that binds us together is much greater. No matter who we think we are and what personal accomplishments, the power of love surpasses it all in view of 1 Corinthians 13:1-3: “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing”. By the power of the Holy Spirit in us, every believer in Christ is capable of God’s love to receive and to give away if only we surrender ourselves totally to Him.                                                                                                                                       Dr. Johnson Omoni