Reconciliation is nothing short of a miracle. Reconciliation preserves a relationship that could have just as easily been flung aside. Reconciliation is always a good reason for celebration. It is life-giving.
The first step in reconciliation is letting go of the past. The more we hold on to the way we think things should have been, the less likely we are to see the opportunity emerging for a brand new way. God is always able to offer us a new ending. All we have to do is recognize that the story isn’t over yet, and turn back to the One who loves us unconditionally.next >
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.
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We are all ambassadors for something or someone. We might tell our friends about the new gum we found, or a new fashion we discovered. We might share the lyrics of our favorite new song. When we do those things, we represent them in a certain light.
By our baptisms, we have also been commissioned to be ambassadors for the Kingdom of God, and we have a direct line to our Lord, Jesus. Through prayer and service, worship and praise, we represent the Kingdom to the world. It is a privilege and an honor to carry that light.
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Lord of light and life, help me to represent you truthfully and authentically. Use me to expand your Kingdom by sharing your love. Build up my faith, so that I may speak from my heart and perform miracles by your name. Amen.next >
God loves a new beginning. It doesn’t matter who you were yesterday, last month, or last year; if you are still breathing, God has a brand new plan for your life. Labels and stereotypes mean nothing to the One who created you.
Your story was made to intersect God’s bigger story over and over again. Wherever you are, God has put you there; God has a purpose in your being where you are. Christ, who lives in your heart, has something in mind to do through you, exactly where you are.
Believe this and go in God’s grace, power, and love.
David Schaefers is senior pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Richardson, Texas. He often finds helping his first-grade daughter with her homework to be challenging, even though he is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Ministry program at Columbia Theological Seminary. Follow him on Twitter: @schaefers.