As a new Christian, this is exactly why I came to Christ. I was at my end, and I needed a new beginning. God has made us with a little taste of heaven, so that we will know who to run to when this time comes.
Do you know how I know you are included in my stories, my prayers and God's will, or how this applies to you? Because one man died for all. One man means Jesus, all means you. You and I are on the same journey and same destination, with similar, yet different paths. Because of this, we need to stop looking at ourselves as the mistakes we've made. We need to start focusing on Christ and His miracle saving power. Then we need to start seeing others through these same eyes. I know, it's hard. It' more easy for us to have Karma go after them. But Christ's ways are not our ways, and that's why we fight it.
Do you know that our whole purpose here on earth is to reconcile relationships? Think about it. I would have to laugh and say that last week or years prior, I was focused on myself, and distracted with hurt, and it didn't go well. But I'm not looking to my past. This week, I've asked for wisdom and revelation, and God says, "your whole purpose is to reconcile relationships". With that nugget of information, it changes everything. Because of Jesus, I am a new creation, my friends. Today is a brand new day, with brand new lessons.
So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 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. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
~2 Corinthians 5:16-21
The picture included in today's post is courtesy of Barb Wyman. Thanks Barb!