“That keeps us vigilant, you can be sure. It’s no light thing to know that we’ll all one day stand in that place of Judgment. That’s why we work urgently with everyone we meet to get them ready to face God. God alone knows how well we do this, but I hope you realize how much and deeply we care. We’re not saying this to make ourselves look good to you. We just thought it would make you feel good, proud even, that we’re on your side and not just nice to your face as so many people are. If I acted crazy, I did it for God; if I acted overly serious, I did it for you. Christ’s love has moved me to such extremes. His love has the first and last word in everything we do. Our firm decision is to work from this focused center: One man died for everyone. That puts everyone in the same boat. He included everyone in his death so that everyone could also be included in his life, a resurrection life, a far better life than people ever lived on their own.” 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
Reflection: I love the sentence in this scripture that says “One man died for everyone.” Wow. Thank you Jesus for your love! You didn’t just die for some, You died for all. Billions and billions of people. No one left out. Literally, “No man left behind.” He cares for all of us. He gives us all the chance to enter into His promises. He has a plan for each individual, a plan that exceeds any that we make on our own. “We’re not saying this to make ourselves look good to you.” We have to make sure we keep a pure heart. Realizing it’s not about us or how we look, but if we’re reaching into people’s lives and pulling out the greatness inside of them. “Our firm decision is to work from this focused center.” What is it you’re working from? What is it inside you that is pushing you to act and do? His love should be what guides the first thing we say to the last thing that comes out of our mouth. Words are important. Are yours hurting or helping?