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Lent Devotionals: Tuesday, April 11

What More Do We Need?

I love how Paul tells us that we are ambassadors! Have you ever given much thought to what an ambassador is? Now most of the time when we think of ambassador’s we see someone serving in the capacity of a government representative that represents our country to foreign countries.
In the dictionary the list of related words includes minister, apostle and messenger. WOW! With that in mind, Paul is trying to tell all of us that we are all called to serve in these capacities. Are there times when we are afraid to share Christ’s message with others? Are there times when we feel it is someone else’s responsibility to share? Or maybe it’s really simple. The people we are going to share this message with might see that we aren’t perfect.
Well, we aren’t perfect. Neither was Paul. How wonderful is it to think that in our imperfection God trusts us to share the message with others. He considers us His ambassadors, Christ’s representatives. Even though we are not perfect and we will fall short, God still trusts us. So much so that He was willing to die for us. On that Good Friday when he took his last breath, all hope seemed lost, but through it we all were blessed. You see in that moment anything that could keep us from God was taken away. There is no longer anything that can separate us from Him except for ourselves.
The grave could not hold him. Death couldn’t keep him. So we gather to worship and sing praises for the ultimate sacrifice made for us. The gift of unconditional love, mercy, and grace extended to each and every one of us. It is not limited. It is not reserved for just a portion of our world. It is not just for us. It is for everyone!
How many people do you know in our world today that needs to hear a message of reconciliation? How many people are living broken lives and not hearing about the one who can create a new creation in them? Maybe the things that frustrate us or make us angry, maybe the things that break our hearts, or even the things we find to complain about are God’s way of saying DO SOMETHING! He loves us, he’ll never forsake us, he will provide. What more do we need?

Karen Cooper
Children’s Ministry Director

 


Lent Devotionals: Monday, April 10

2 Corinthians 5:14-21, CEB

 
14 The love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: one died for the sake of all; therefore, all died. 15 He died for the sake of all so that those who are alive should live not for themselves but for the one who died for them and was raised. 16 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. 17 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!18 All of these new things are from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and who gave us the ministry of reconciliation. 19 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. 20 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!” 21 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.
 

Meditation

“I believe this is truly one of the greatest God-inspired writings.  This passage gives us a look at the Great Commandment and Great Commission all in one revelatory passage.  And since the apostle Paul was placed on assignment by the resurrected Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, to compel the Gentiles to Himself, I do not know of any other place in the New Testament Scriptures that best reveals a summation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles with the same intensity as we see in Second Corinthians 5:14-21 and 6:1.
How sobering it became for me to know how our Sovereign prevails in His calling and His leading by His Spirit; He has led me out of darkness and into His marvelous light.”
(Cheryl Chew, “Make Me Your Choice: Compelling Personal Stories of Struggle and Healing”)

Prayer:  O God, Eternal King and Father of all mercies, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the light of your love; to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom.
Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep your law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that we may do your will with cheerfulness during the day, and when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ, our risen and reigning Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages.  Amen!