Read 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

from Jamie Gump, Huntington Madison Avenue Christian Church

Re-created (made new), reconciled (reconnected), forgiven (not judged by our wrongs), trusted (given responsibility), made ambassadors (representatives of Christ) – Wow!  Such an expanded description in such a short passage.  A description of us – of you, me, all of us.  Can we accept this portrayal of who we are?  Who we are called to be? Can we accept the gifts of pure renewal, holy connection, and loving mercy?  I hope and pray we can.  And can we, will we, accept the call from God that we be reliable emissaries of the Good News who bring people together with one another and help connect them with God through Jesus Christ?  It is my hope and prayer that we will.  The gifts and the calling go together.  The gifts necessary to fulfill our calling.  The calling our thanksgiving for the gifts.

Lord, help us to accept both the gifts and the challenge

from the One who has the plan for this world.