Yesterday Jesus told stories about a lost sheep and a lost coin. Today he takes it even deeeeeper with the story of a lost son:
If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation:
the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
One of my favorite things to do when I’m traveling is to check out local churches. Yesterday, I had the extreme privilege of attending New Life Church on the campus of the University of Michigan.
The above is New Life’s theme verse. From what I experienced, it certainly strives to embody the “!” at the end. My ears are still ringing from the rather rockin’ worship.
The service centered on reconciliation as demonstrated by the parable of the prodigal son. Besides learning that Badgers like myself can actually learn to love Wolverines, here’s what we covered:
- If you’re a prodigal son, go home. Get out of the pig slop of sin and run to your Heavenly Father. He’ll welcome you with open arms, forgive your sins and throw you a party.
- If you’re like the other son in the story, stop living like you’re dead. Stop judging others and grumbling about what God has given you.
The service concluded with a call to action:
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 men’s sins against them.
And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
(2 Corinthians 5:18-19)
Here’s the kicker:
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors,
as though God were making his appeal through us.
(2 Corinthians 5:20a)
We’re Christ’s ambassadors. Let Him reach out to others and make his appeal of reconciliation through you. Live like you’re alive.