Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of November 6, 2011
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of November 6, 2011
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As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press,
here is a selection from our book of daily devotions,
"Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the
Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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"Jesus said to them again, 'Peace be with you. As
the Father has sent me, so I send you.'"
Just as God sent Jesus to earth to walk among human
beings, revealing divine grace and truth, so Jesus
commissions everyone who believes in his message,
to go forth and do likewise. Believe it or not,
we are part of a divine plan.
Some of you might be incredulous, murmuring, "who,
me?" Yes, God uses ordinary people in extraordinary
ways. Through our faith in Jesus Christ, we are
born into something much bigger than ourselves.
Jesus himself sends us into the world to share the
love of God, in word and deed, as long as we live,
in our neighborhoods and workplaces, in local and
even global communities.
Because none of us are clones, we will reflect the
light of Christ through our lives to others in many
different ways. Some of us are better at articulating
our faith, while others have administrative gifts or
a calling to help the sick and needy. Christ is
eager to use our artistic and musical talents, along
with our secular work areas of competence, to shine
spiritual light in the world. Jesus can use us
through interpersonal relationships, business networks,
even our hobbies, to bring moments of divine hope and
healing to a broken, hurting humanity. The ultimate
divine plan is to bring God's enormous love through
the message of Jesus to every human being, in every
city, village, town, culture, and in every language.
You probably realize this is humanly impossible to do
alone, although each individual with the help of God
can accomplish enormous good. Gay or straight, we
need the help of others to develop and serve to our
fullest potential, as we obey our divine commission.
The divine plan revolves around the Church. We need
the fellowship and encouragement of other believers,
imperfect as we all are, to grow in our faith, while
faithfully living out our individual and common
callings for Jesus. We need to gather for moments
of praise and prayer through worship services.
These gatherings will energize and equip us,
empowering our sense of mission and purpose. We
are not in this great calling by ourselves. We are
part of a great community of faith that stretches
around the globe, which continues to be passed on
from generation to generation. The Church represents
human diversity, as we strive to serve God. Gay or
straight, we bring a message of hope the world
urgently needs to hear.
The majority of people have no church experience or
memory. These folks have never read a Gospel and
probably do not know what Christians celebrate on
Easter. Although they may not be religious, they
are often deeply spiritual, in search of the Sacred.
Jesus is an unknown to them.
As God sent Jesus into the world, Jesus sends us
with the divine message of faith, hope, and love.
Not only does the risen Christ send us, but he
equips us through the incredible power of the Holy
Spirit. The God who calls, empowers, as we step
out in faith and obedience.
God, we wish to serve you. Thank you for including
us as part of your divine plan, bringing your message
of faith, hope, and love, locally and globally through
our words and deeds. Help us find churches accepting
of human diversity, that can help equip and encourage
us as we strive to spread the message of Jesus. Amen.
Grace and peace,
Chi Rho Press
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