Reading: 2 Corinthians 5: 16-21
“From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view.”
The cross changes everything. Once we come to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, our world view changes. Once we come to see that on the cross Jesus died for all, we come to see everyone from a new place. While it is true that one has either entered into a relationship with Jesus and is saved or they have not, it is also true that Jesus calls all people to be reconciled to God. As Christians we must look at everyone from this point of reference: either they are our fellow brother or sister in Christ or we should be doing all we can to make them our brother or sister in Christ. All are called to the cross. All need to come to know Jesus.
It can be easy to not answer the bell. It can be easy to not engage a lost soul. If we choose to simply not meet someone, to not extend ourselves to them, then it is possible to withhold Christ from them. This is especially easy if the person or people are outside of our normal circle of contact. People that live over “there” are much easier to dismiss than the person standing right in front of us, in the next cubicle over, or sitting next to us at the game or concert.
Alone we cannot reach everyone. But we can each reach those that God has placed in our worlds. The cross is for all people. All people are God’s children. All who we cross paths with are our neighbors. Jesus instructed us to love our neighbor as He first loved us. It is a tough task yet on we are each called to. We are all commissioned to bring Jesus to the ends of the earth. May we each begin in our little corner of the world. May we each be Christ-bearers to those we share life with, to those we are each being called to love as Jesus loved.