From Pastor’s Desk:
As, therefore, God’s picked representatives of the new humanity, purified and beloved of God himself, be merciful in action, kindly in heart, humble in mind. Accept life, and be most patient and tolerant with one another, always ready to forgive if you have a difference with anyone. Forgive as freely as the Lord has forgiven you. And, above everything else, be truly loving, for love is the golden chain of all the virtues. – Colossians 3:12 PHILLIPS
“Be” is active. All things listed in this verse cannot be passive with any hope of success. Fastening those together with the “golden chain” of love, however, assures great success. Success in the form of material gain? Success financially? Successful fame? Success physically? A resounding, emphatic NO to all those questions!
Mercy, kindness, humility, patience, tolerance, and forgiveness can be spoken but cannot be effective until they are activated one toward another. God could have sat on His throne throughout eternity, telling us how He is all those things, but until He showed it to us by sending His Son, Jesus, to die for us, it actually meant little.
God showed us all those in the life of Jesus. Jesus is all those things personified!
As His “picked representatives” that is now the churches’ task. Not to sit idly by while the world passes by, but to answer the call of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) and go, do, and be.
Our nation’s ambassador is the top representative wherever he/she travels. Ambassador, by definition, is “The highest ranking diplomatic representative from one government to another.” The Bible says that we, the church, are “ambassadors for Christ” (2 Cor. 5:20).
As those who were there at Jesus’ ascension “…were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them. 11 They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.” Act 1:10-11
Could I paraphrase? Men, why are you standing around looking upward? He told you He was going back to His Father. He also told you what we are telling you now, that He was going to come again the same way He went up. Don’t just stand around looking and waiting, He’s gone! Get to work now, doing all the things He told you to do.
The message has not changed. It is still the responsibility of Church of today!