May 16, 2024

Paulina De La Fuente
"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. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."
2 Corinthians 5:20-21

I’m grateful for the way that difficult circumstances often bring out what matters most. As the weather shifted quickly last Thursday night, I watched how people rallied around others and were present either with physical needs the next day or by checking in and being present with each other.

What a strong example of what it looks like to be God’s people. The first verse in this passage makes the high calling on our lives clear. As believers, we are standing for Christ, serving on His behalf, and displaying His character in the face of the darkness in the world. What an honoring and humbling calling.

As practical needs are taken care of after the storm, I wonder what it would look like for us to be just as present with those around us, especially those we don’t usually have a relationship with. We’ve experienced plenty of moments of crisis around us in recent years (floods, a global pandemic, snowstorms, thunderstorms, etc.), and I’ve been asking myself what God has taught me through those crises that I could put into action in the day-to-day. More presence with neighbors, intentionality in relationships, relinquishing busyness and control, and staying aware daily that only God is sovereign over all things. Is there something God has taught you through difficult times that He wants you to continue in order to live as His ambassador?