40 Days | DAY 35
Read 2 Corinthians 5:16-19
“16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer.17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.”
I have a new friend Austin, and he is an amazing artist. He takes an idea in his head, and then makes incredible things out of metal. Works of art that have purpose, and bring order where there was once disorder. He is a true artist and he gets it from his Heavenly Father. This is the same thing God did and does. He spoke/speaks, and there was/is order.
Jesus calls every one of us to be in the ministry of reconciliation. He calls us to have a creative vision for how things ought to be in our culture, families, and friendships. And then, he calls us to bring restoration. What if every follower of Jesus thought this: Everywhere I go, I will look at people and call out the good I see in them. What would happen?
Sometimes we miss it. That is, we get caught up in pointing out what we think is wrong with others. I think our hope is to show them what is wrong so they can improve. However, what if we did it a little bit differently. I have heard accountability described as keeping an account of the abilities of others. It is calling out the good we see. It is looking at others with the eyes of Jesus, “… not counting their trespasses against them…” but rather, calling them to step into everything God has created them to be.
Today, look at those around you with God’s creative eye. Be a part of his mission to reconcile everyone to himself. Do this by calling out whatever good you see. For some this will be easy, for others, it may require a deeper look. But regardless, good is there so call it out, and watch to see how God works in them.
…have a vision…
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