Friday, August 14

Apostles' Creed Focus

“the holy catholic church, the communion of saints”


Reflection Verse

“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” - 2 Corinthians 5:18-20


Reflection

The other day, my husband was fixing something on the deck with my son. He handed my son a hammer and said, “Here you go Bud, it’s your job to hammer in that nail.” My son smiled and grew a few feet. He wasn’t just watching, he was on the team and this important thing was going to get done partly because he did the work. He received the dignity of responsibility.

God has given us a much greater responsibility; we are his ambassadors. First, he lays down a foundation, “All of this is from God and therefore…” All of what? That “Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation, the old has gone and the new is here.” 

It reminds me of the Meet, Follow, Share model we talk about at Grace. Check it out:

Meet - Our standing as a new Creation in Christ gives energy, urgency and passion to our role as ambassadors. We should be moved to action because we have been reconciled and the story of our reconciliation is what we share as ambassadors.

Follow - To communicate clearly, me must follow closely. We are ambassadors, not tourists.  We stand in a foreign land and present his truth as clearly as we can. Whether on a foreign mission in Cambodia or on a football sideline we should be there speaking for God, calling out to those around us that they can be reconciled to God.

Share - Notice how Paul leans in during this letter.  “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors...we implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”  Paul not only reminds us to share the Gospel, but also demonstrates how to take action. We go into the world on purpose, with a purpose and we share the story of reconciliation to God.

You have been given the dignity of responsibility as God’s ambassador. This could look different for different people. For some, the call is to go on a foreign mission or begin leading something new. For everyone the call is to live life on mission. Wherever you are, prayerfully consider how to take one step toward it.


Prayer

God, thank you for allowing us to take up the hammer and help you. You could work through rocks or trees, but you chose us. Help us live out our purpose on this earth so we can be your ambassadors. 


Verses for Further Reflection

John 20:21, Isaiah 6:8, Philemon 1:6


Family Focus

It’s important to be a part of the Church! Watch this video together with your kids and then talk about it using these questions: 

  • What’s your favorite part of the video? What’s one thing you learned from it?
  • What’s your favorite thing to do at church? Why?
  • Why is it important to connect to Jesus?
  • How can your Christian friends help you in life?

Read Philippians 2:1-2.

  • How can you be loving toward your friends at church?
  • How can you serve the leaders at church?
  • How should you treat the new kids that come into your church?

How will you apply this lesson to your life this week?