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.”
– 2 Corinthians 2:16-20
There are many ways we might identify ourselves – profession, political party or ideology, ethnicity, moral code, gender, socioeconomic status, our place in our family, our failures or our successes… While all of these can be valuable pieces of ourselves to consider, Scripture teaches us that by being joined to Christ, our earthly identities become peripheral as we are transformed into a new, heavenly identity defined solely by Christ himself. Our reality becomes wrapped up in our union with him, and the dividing lines between us and God – and between each other – become barriers to break down, not to be upheld, as we become one together in him.
In a nation and time as divided as the United States in 2020, it is easy to give in to “us vs them” thinking. But the teaching of Scripture is clear – God has not only made a place for every single one of us into his family, but charged us to seek reconciliation in those around us, and to extend his invitation to all.
Pray today that God would rewire our community, country, and world to seek unity over divisions, love for neighbor and even love for our enemy, and that he would use us as ambassadors to invite every kind of person into his family.
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