“God, through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.” “I have made you a light…that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.” 2 Corinthians 5:18,20; Acts 13:47
“Be children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life.” Philippians 2:15,16
Throughout the U.K. and Europe, countryside, villages, and cities are punctuated with steeples with crosses, ancient bold and beautiful beacons lifting high the cross, signifying truth that stands out and apart from the world. Sadly, many are now vacant, or repurposed into restaurants or retail; one in Aberdeen, Scotland is now a casino. What was initially a place of worship and light for the surrounding community can morph into a spiritless, hollow shell when care is not given to maintaining the vital connection with the Lord. When God’s people fail to tend to their own lives, and forget or abandon their first love, Jesus, they dry up and become ineffective and fruitless in making a difference in the world. (Revelation 2:4)
Lord of power and light, wherever You plant me, may I lift high Your cross and its beautiful message of love and redemption above the mediocrity of the world, and stand out for You and Your truth. Use my words and demeanor to punctuate conversations and complacency, that Your Holy Spirit puncture and transform hearts to Your great glory.