scripture reflection

Submitted by Paula Horst, One Step Ministries

 
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Editor’s note:
Normally, I type out the scripture then have the author’s reflections. This time, I invite you to read Paula’s thoughts and take them with you as you dive into the passage.

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This is the scripture the Lord gave me prior to a recent ministry time with the women at Muncy State Correctional Institution. As I reflected on it and let it soak into my heart, soul and mind, these are truths the Spirit gave me through His Word:

  • It doesn't matter what anyone thinks, God sees and knows my heart, He will search it

  • It is impossible for anyone who encounters Christ and receives His new life to stay the same, He changes people...period

  • I do not always see things accurately, God's viewpoint is much bigger than mine

  • God has given me the beautiful gift of making me right with Him, so I am His Voice offering this gift to others

  • God's timing is perfect...always

 
Because we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord, we work hard to persuade others. God knows we are sincere, and I hope you know this, too. Are we commending ourselves to you again? No, we are giving you a reason to be proud of us, so you can answer those who brag about having a spectacular ministry rather than having a sincere heart. If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, ‘Come back to God!’ For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. As God’s partners, we beg you not to accept this marvelous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it. For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the ‘right time’ is now. Today is the day of salvation.
— 2 Corinthians 5:11-6:2