Word 4U Today

THREE ‘R’s

THREE ‘R’s

Reconciliation – restoring relationships. That’s what the cross does.

It changes everything. The moment we give ourselves fully over to God because of that cross, life changes completely. Nothing will ever be the same again. And if we think that stops at us, we’re totally wrong. What starts in our individual lives has a ripple effect, out into the lives of others.

Pastor Matt Chandler puts it like this:

“Think of the Gospel as a stone landing in a pond. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus are the cause of many ripples; they are the epicenter of God’s work in the world.”

And he believes the ripples go out like this:

The first one restores our personal relationship with God.

The second helps us restore and create human-to-human relationships to make up the worldwide Church.

The third ripple happens when we move ourselves out and take the message of Jesus to those who are not yet a part of the Church.

Essentially, what Mr. Chandler’s saying is that God ‘reconciles’ us to Himself, and that makes us able to go out and let Him use us to restore other people’s relationships with Him. We think he’s got it pretty spot on.

Once we’re brought back into that beautiful relationship with God, it only makes sense to share that with those around us.

 

“…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.” (2 Cor 5:18 NLT)

Joy Ferdiz

April 21st, 2014

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