Ambassadors of God’s Kingdom are varied indeed:
Some are conservative while others are progressive;
There are liturgical believers and evangelicals;
Rich, poor and those who live “in between”;
Well educated, professionals, tradesmen, laborers, those who don’t work at all;
People of every race and tradition.
Yet these ambassadors have the most important thing in common:
They belong to Jesus.
They love and serve Him;
They share in the joy and abundant life he gives;
They want to bring others into God’s household
So that the family will grow.
There is a trend in much of the western Church these days: “All or nothing.”
Either I embrace everybody, including all religions, choices and lifestyles as true….
I reject people, based on their beliefs, identification, words and actions.
Me? I say neither of these is biblical.
Jesus definitely met people where they were; yet he didn’t accept their choices out of hand. He told the woman caught in adultery, “Go. Sin no more.” That was after he confronted her accusers and refused to condemn her. He told the rich young ruler, whom he loved, to sell everything he had and “come, follow me.”
He accepted the offering of tears and ointment from a woman known to be “a sinner.” His reply to the teachers of the law indicated that he forgave her for all she had done.
When the woman who had come to the well in Samaria encountered Jesus, her life was changed. He totally read her mail; yet did not condone her lifestyle. He addressed her as a real person – likely an experience she had not had in her whole lifetime.
I can accept anybody as a person, created and loved by God.
I can – and do well to – disagree with all that is not biblical and true.
One road leads to Heaven; not all of them.
One God is true; not whatever or whomever someone decides to glorify.
Sin is sin; idols are idols.
I have heard more than one source say that love means I accept people, behavior and all.
No. Love means I accept the person and speak truth to him or her.
Are you looking for abundant, healthy, eternal life?
Give your heart to Jesus: The Way, The Truth, The Life.
So God created humans in his image. In the image of God he created them. He created them male and female. (Genesis 1:27 GW)
What does it mean to be created in God’s image? Why is this important?
First, God created humans; humans did not create him. That means he is greater – Stronger, wiser, more capable…He does way more than we can
think, ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20) We cannot fit him into our tiny boxes.
It means that people encounter God when they meet us, especially if we have given our lives to Jesus, because he lives in us: Big
responsibility; carried out in God’s strength. “I can do all things in him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)
Being created in God’s image is so because we are his dearly loved children, chosen and blessed by him. We get our inheritance from him. Each
person is precious; he knows us fully and loves us completely; he responds to our slightest cry with his whole being.
Because we are created in the image of our loving God, we need to be careful with our words. “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father,
and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and
sisters, this should not be.” (James 3:9-10 NIV)
When we take care of the weakest and most vulnerable among us, we take care of God; when we honor another person, we honor him. I would go so
far as to apply this to carrying babies to term instead of aborting them.
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40 NIV)
Because God knows us and the whole universe, which he created, we do well to trust and obey him. He knows how things work; he wants us to have
long, happy, healthy lives.
“For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.” (Romans 8:29 NLT)
“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18 ESV)