16 So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! 17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 18 And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.
2 Corinthians 5:16-19 NLT
Occasionally, something big enough happens to shift our consciousness from “be” back to “do.” There’s a gnawing sense of urgency to be a part of the solution… to “do” something. We forget to plan, to strategize, to thoughtfully proceed. We succumb to the raw, in-our-face “do” emotion. For others that may be okay. The disciples and sons of God have a different mandate.
We are not hard wired for division. We are built as the Lord’s body for and exhorted to unity. When we pour our efforts into division, we need disclaimers. We need to shout our demands, make our claims, only to retreat a bit and say, “Well not all… or not you, I mean them.”
The wonderful gift of God at salvation is the great perspective shift. We are brought into the spiritual reality of seeing people through Christ. No longer judging from a human point of view. We are new people. Let’s not threaten the unearthing of our former selves. It’s not pretty, and it’s not the will of the Father.
With our natural skills/talents and our spiritual gifts, God’s task for us is to reconcile people to Him. With the assignment of reconciliation God also gave us the wonderful message of reconciliation. Nothing about our doing should put our agendas or our words up front. His task to reconcile. His message of reconciliation.
That can be done while resisting, while protesting, while marching, while planning, strategizing, and mobilizing. That can be done with songs, videos, poems, books, using influence to create platforms, and more. Believers, we are not excused from God’s mission because we are mad, frustrated, and just overall tired of repeated injustices. Believers still have a standard.
Let’s be out here building bridges to reconcile. No, it won’t be pretty. It will be tough. Tough exchanges. Tough talks. Tough feelings to work through. Tough to not judge people from a human point of view. Tough to move from amorphous demands to concrete, thought out plans for transformation. Tough awareness that the task may require of some of us the rest of our lives in leadership instead of a supporting role.
The conditions may be daunting, yes.The promise of Jesus is to be of good cheer when the going gets tough, because He has overcome the world. It’s easy to blend in to the chorus of chants. What is a challenge is to break away from the masses to gain understanding about what you and I can “do” that comes from our “be.”
Whatever believers are doing in the name of response and not being silent, we must be on God’s mission. RECONCILING PEOPLE TO HIM. We must be out here shortening the chasm. The human point of view does not guarantee Godly action. We must have enough spiritual maturity and interest to direct our emotions and energies toward God’s cause. Do not let those who won’t take a breath bully you into doing for the sake of not being seen as silent or Lord help us, complicit. In Him we LIVE, MOVE, and have our BEING. He fills our mouths with His message.Selah.
The next action for believers should come from our places in Christ. We may not have company or support on the bridges God calls some of us to build. The one life we are trusted to reconcile back to God could play an important role in reconciling another or others. One plants, one waters, and God gives the increase.
Please, take a breath. Many did not have the privilege of one more breath. Breathe. Then think, and hear where the Lord is directing us. When you know, then get to going and doing. When you know, then speak up and issue invitations to the cause. When you know, go with confidence, knowing the Lord is with you and your words are the message of reconciliation.
We remain repairers of breaches. We are restorers of paths to dwell in. We are the messengers of the Father. Be, and then do.
And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.
Isaiah 30:21 ESV
Dr. Shaunta Scroggins is the founder and organizer of The Bereans’ Commentary. All interested in submitting an entry should email firstname.lastname@example.org.