2 Corinthians 5:17 (MSG)
“Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses 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.
A dear friend sent this astounding video to me. I know I am a visual learner and that this type of visual sermon really gets me fired up. But, I think you will be touched as well. If you HAVEN’T seen it, it is worth a few minutes of your time. It challenged me. What would my cardboard testimony be? Brilliant thought by this young pastor. Being a writer, I would LOVE to know how and where he got this idea. It struck home.
In April, we were in Chicago for the International Kitchen and Bath Show, when I saw a homeless man in his early thirties, sitting on the side of the road. Resting on the side of a box, was a sign, which read, “I am not hopeless. I just made some bad decisions.” I found it very hard to walk by this young man. In hindsight, I wish I had taken a deep breath and confronted him, imploring him to make a good decision, TODAY. Okay, you’ve made bad decisions. But, why not start fresh today? Why not get up, take a shower, and try to get a job somewhere. Doing something other than sitting on the side of the road begging for pennies? Aren’t we all one good decision away from becoming who Christ created us to be? I’m sure there is a great deal more to his story. I’m sure there is a great deal of pain underneath the surface. I did offer up prayer on his behalf. Prayer that he will have the courage to make a good decision.
This video inspires me to be on my face before God for fresh messages. Fresh words from God’s heart to mine. My prayer today is simple: Speak, Lord. Please speak. I’ll let you know what I write on my cardboard. Will you share your?