Come as you are, go as He is

This is the essence of the call of the cross of Christ.

Come as you are. All your fears. All your burdens. All your guilt. All your failures. Everything we wish to be kept hidden is to be laid bare before the foot of the cross, for Jesus to take upon Himself. All your accomplishments, all your talents, all your possessions, everything that you are, is to be laid bare before the foot of the cross, for Him to choose to use or bury along with your old self.

For we are a new creation. Jesus died for all, and therefore all died. And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Jesus who died for them and was raised again. The old has gone, the new has come. And God has given us the ministry of reconciliation, to be the ambassadors of Christ.

Go then as He is. We left our old selves at the foot of the cross. We take our new selves, in the newness of life in Christ, clothed with His righteousness, as we go out into the world. We are to be His ambassadors, in word, in deed and in thought. This is a high calling, the ministry of reconciliation, of bringing people back into the fold of God, and it requires nothing less than the One who alone could and did fulfill it, by His death and resurrection.

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