To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
May/June 2016 Issue – The Presence of God, ‘You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.’ Psalm 16:11
The text set for today’s reading and meditation (the key verse is highlighted):
2 Corinthians 5:12-21 (NIVUK): ”We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart.
If we are ‘out of our mind,’ as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
I found today’s study to be very challenging because of what Selwyn is recommending; the sharing of the good news about Jesus, I feel that I simply do not make enough of the opportunities that are presented to me.
He writes: “We continue reflecting on the different ways by which we can sharpen our awareness of God’s presence in our lives. Another way is to ensure that we give out what God puts in. I call this the discipline of sharing. … Many of us fail to do this.”
In his conclusion, he says: “Does God’s love and presence abide deeply in you? Great. But be aware of this: when you take the initiative and share that love with others it will grow even deeper and richer, and sharing will become a natural way of life.”
I think we can all pray for God’s help in providing us with the strength and the confidence to share Jesus’ love with others. After all, as Paul states in today’s reading, we are all God’s ambassadors. Lights on a hill showing the way to a people lost in a dark and dangerous world.