Mar 2019

Ambassadors of Separation & Nurturers of Isolation

Barry Rodriguez

Mar 24, 2019

Humanity was created out of the overflow of God's self-giving love.

The Father, Son, and Spirit loved one another so much God longed for someone to share in that love. God's love spilled over into the creative abundance of our world.

God created humanity so that we could join His community of love.

And why did he create so many of us? Because God wanted us to experience his community of self-giving love among ourselves.

When we look around at our world, one thing is pretty obvious: we are alone. Those two relationships are broken.

  • Humans are separated from God. Through our sin and rebellion, we've cut ourselves off from God's community of self-giving love.

  • Making matters worse, humans are isolated from one another. We live shattered, lonely existences, missing out on the beauty of loving community.

God is healing those broken relationships. Through Jesus, He is bringing humans back into communion with Himself, and He's bringing us into loving community with one another.

Isolation is rampant. As a whole, we are lonely people.Nurturers are those whose heart breaks at the isolation of others. Those who have a burning desire to love the outcasts and lonely in this world.

As Jesus went with him, he was surrounded by the crowds. A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding, and she could find no cure. Coming up behind Jesus, she touched the fringe of his robe. Immediately, the bleeding stopped. "Who touched me?" Jesus asked. Everyone denied it, and Peter said, "Master, this whole crowd is pressing up against you."But Jesus said, "Someone deliberately touched me, for I felt healing power go out from me." When the woman realized that she could not stay hidden, she began to tremble and fell to her knees in front of him. The whole crowd heard her explain why she had touched him and that she had been immediately healed. "Daughter," he said to her, "your faith has made you well. Go in peace." Luke 8:42-48

Separation from God is the fundamental broken place.

Which is why, when Christ-followers like Cathy look at our world, their hearts are on fire with a passion to bring lost people back to God. Not by guilt-tripping them or arguing with them, but by sharing the story of how their own lives were transformed when they encountered the self-giving love of God.We call these kinds of people ambassadors.

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!"2 Corinthians 5:17-20

Become the ambassador for Jesus you were born to be so this world can come back to God.

We were never meant to be alone. And now, thanks to Christ, we don't have to be.