“I don't think anyone, until their soul leaves their body, is past the point of no return.”
Tom Hiddleston, actornext >
So then, from this point on we won’t recognize people by human standards. Even though we used to know Christ by human standards, that isn’t how we know him now. So then, if anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation. The old things have gone away, and look, new things have arrived!
All of these new things are from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and who gave us the ministry of reconciliation. In other words, God was reconciling the world to himself through Christ, by not counting people’s sins against them. He has trusted us with this message of reconciliation.
So we are ambassadors who represent Christ. God is negotiating with you through us. We beg you as Christ’s representatives, “Be reconciled to God!” God caused the one who didn’t know sin to be sin for our sake so that through him we could become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:16-21next >
“So we are ambassadors who represent Christ,” says Paul in this letter to the converts in Corinth. “Be reconciled to God!”
This passage reminds me of the movie A Knight’s Tale (2001) in which a very young and poor William is given by his father into service with a knight. His father attempts to send him off with this benediction, “Change your stars and live a better life than I have.”
But young and courageous William, eager to do his father’s bidding, has a moment of reluctance and runs back to his father’s arms and admits his greatest fear, “Father, I am afraid, I won't know the way back home.” The response from the tearful father is this, “Don't be foolish, William, you just follow your feet.”
Spoiler alert! William does change his stars, and he serves as a powerful ambassador of the lower classes. And then he does follow his feet home to his father.
We need to remember who we are. We need to practice who we are. We need to follow our feet to Jesus.
Bronwyn Clark Skovnext >
Loving God, help me to be am ambassador for Christ by walking faithfully toward God every day. Bless my journey and give me courage to live my life in you, trusting in your guidance on this journey with Christ. Amen.next >
Return to me, says the Lord of heavenly forces, and I will return to you . . .
Bronwyn Clark Skov is the Missioner for Youth Ministry for the Episcopal Church. She lives in rural Minnesota with her husband where she also volunteers with the National Ski Patrol and enjoys camping and motorcycling with family and friends.
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