2 Corinthians 5:20-6:10
We’re Christ’s representatives. God used us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; He’s already a friend with you. How? You ask. In Christ. God put the wrong on him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God. – 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 (MSG)
During our son’s 2nd grade year in elementary school, Aaron came home one day frustrated, “The girls don’t treat us very well. Us boys aren’t chopped liver!”
As a mother of an only child I wondered about this statement and who he had heard use it as it didn’t sound like something a 2nd grader says in 2011. When I asked his teacher about it, she stated that almost every girl in the 2nd grade acted like a diva. There were times when mother after mother called and complained about how another girl had treated her daughter. The problem was that each week it was a different girl. Each mother asked for their daughter to be moved to a different seat, yet Aaron’s teacher knew that they would continue to sit together at lunch and line up together in Phys. Ed. There was nothing she could do.
This story reminds me of how we treat one another. Sometimes we are the diva who wants their own way and sometimes we are the one getting the brunt. However, we understand that friendship is a two way relationship.
No one has it their way all the time. Friends put others before themselves.
In today’s passage, we are reminded that we are representatives of God and that our job is to speak for God in our lives and in our relationships with others. We remind people of God’s great love for them and that in life with God one of the most important things we do is be in relationship with one another and God.
Being in relationship together means that we will eventually disagree and when we do so we must decide that living together is more important than getting our way.
This may be a new concept in some of our lives especially when we pride ourselves on always being right or always winning. However, when we make a decision to follow God’s path and live as a representative or ambassador for God, we choose to live a very different way than as the world teaches.
Scripture tells us that we need to be a friend of God as God is already one of our friends for in God sending Christ to us we were embraced as important in the eyes of God. God gave greatly of Godself when Christ was sent to live with us, teach us, suffered and ultimately die for each one of us. This was a great gift and a great sacrifice on our behalf by God.
On Easter, we will have the chance to celebrate the culmination of all that happened amongst us – that Christ rises from the grave bringing eternal life to us all. Yet we are not there yet. We are still just beginning our Lenten journey.
Today is our day to remember how important we are to God and to claim God’s care and friendship and respond faithfully.
PRAYER: God, thank you for being our friend. Help us to be better friends to You and to one another. Amen.
Rev. Laura C. Kelsey, Author
Rev. Kelsey is proud to pastor the First Presbyterian Church of Pontiac, MI. Together with the faithful and loving worshipping community at FPC. she enjoys sharing God's Word with others, working to help folks experience God's love and discern their direction in life, and lovingly reach out to the greater Pontiac community.