Week 30 Word: Reconcile Others to Christ
Week 30 Text: 1 Timothy 2:5
Written By: Rachel Hopper
“For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:5 ESV)
I have a group of women that won’t let me forget the good truth of the Lord. Call them a tribe, a squad, or my people. I call them my friends, my ladies, my sisters in Christ.
In a recent season of life, I was drowning in the enemy’s lies. I could hear the enemy shouting in my ear things such as, “Where is your God now? You think He is in this? You’ve been faithful; now where is His faithfulness?” Oh sweet friend reading this—the enemy is real, and if you believe he can’t get into your head to pull you away from God’s promises, you are mistaken.
My small group went through a study where the author described a similar situation where one of her friends lacked the desire to meditate on His truth. She said she and other friends had to “spoon-feed” their friend scripture. God’s promises. Truth. And in my season, I had moments where I did not want to open my Bible. It’s true. And my sisters knew it.
One morning, I distinctly remember feeling like a hermit crab. I thought if I just crawl into this shell, maybe I can forget about every wave crashing against me right now. And then, I will just stay here until it’s all over.
And then the dinging on my phone started. Scripture.
My sisters were spoon-feeding me scripture when I couldn’t open the pages of my Bible to do it myself. I was weak and tired. My sisters brought me back to Christ for my strength to be restored.
Friends, we are to reconcile others to Christ. Our desire should be to bring others to Christ, or bring them back to Christ.
Hear me loud and clear on this. While I may have thought my season wasn’t taking me away from my relationship with Christ, it was. The fact that the enemy was shouting over the whispers of my King pulled me into listening to what was louder than what was true, noble and right. Turning my head and heart from His faithfulness means I wasn’t trusting in God’s ultimate plan. Reconciling others to Christ doesn’t just mean to meet with our friends, neighbors, family and strangers that are unsaved and share His love. It also means pulling those same people back to a King that will not pull away from them.
1 Timothy 2:3-5 tells us, “This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
It is good and pleasing for us to walk beside each other on the path to the only One who can give us freedom. When you taste this freedom, goodness, and peace, why wouldn’t you want to bring everyone to it?
Let’s be braver than the shouts of the enemy. Let’s be bolder than our shy hearts can be and share the gospel with those around us. Let’s be beautifying Christ’s love, patience, kindness and peace to all.
1. Who is someone with whom you can share the gospel? Write out what you may say to them, and pray about an opportunity to share this with them.
2. Have you ever been in a season where you needed a friend to spoon-feed you scripture?
3. How did it feel when you finally decided to open your Bible?