Going Deeper 3/28/19

The second reading for Lent 4...
2 Corinthians 5:16-21   From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way.  So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!  All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.  So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.  For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

One of the things that convince me of the reality of Satan is the sad hesitancy God's children have to share our faith.  How can it be that this absolutely incredible and beautiful truth that "in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them" is something we struggle so hard to share with others?   "We are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us."  This is our highest calling, yet the evil one has effectively made this a very difficult thing.

We are surrounded by people who are not aware of God's love for them.  As Henry David Thoreau observed, the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.  I'm not sure how quiet the desperation is, but there are many who live painful, or meaningless, or empty lives, and who are unaware of their invitation to connect with their Creator and receive grace and new life.  It is our calling to be instruments through whom the Holy Spirit of God works to do the work of reconciliation.

Perhaps this needs to be a point of repentance for us during this season of Lent.  And remember, to repent not only involves recognizing and confessing where we fall short but also involves a Spirit-inspired and Spirit-empowered determination to change direction.  Let's pray that God would open our eyes and our hearts to people around us who need to hear the message of the Gospel, and give us the courage and commitment to figure out ways of reaching out to them.

The great news is that we don't have to rely on ourselves to make this happen.  We are in this together!  And God's Spirit is eager to work through us!!  Let's seek to make ourselves increasingly available as we remember that "the One who is in [us] is greater than the one who is in the world."  (1 John 4:4)

With You in His Service,
Mark Gabbert, Pastor
Zion Lutheran Church
Wellington, Colorado

"No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care."

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