Friday, February 12th

By: Bethany Apelquist

2 Corinthians 5:20-6:10

Reflection—v. 4, commended ourselves in every way

I’ll admit it: I like to travel the path of least resistance. I don’t like to be challenged beyond my perceived capabilities, and I avoid hardships like the plague. When I see something that is going to cause me pain, I want to walk the other way. It’s not surprising that I get nervous when Paul describes the suffering that being a faithful Christian will likely cause. It seems like he is asking a lot when he says to commend ourselves in every way to God. But this is what we are all called to do. Before resurrected life, we are called into death. We are called to continue the work of the gospel especially when it gets really hard and complicated. We are called to ministry that is out of our comfort zone, to take risks, to invite the stranger in, to love people who may never love us back, to care for the poor even when we worry about resources. We are called to be in community with people who are different than us.  When we get hurt, which is inevitable, we are called to the hard work of reconciliation. We do these things because we have commended ourselves to God and to the cross.

Prayer God, help us to love radically, because you love radically, to forgive because we are forgiven. Help us not to give up when we hurt, because you don’t give up on us. May everything we do be part of your plan to redeem the world.