“We are the Church”

This Weeks Meditation:  “We are the Church!”
Read: 2 Corinthians 5:16-20

This passage from 2 Corinthians is the theme passage for this weeks Mennonite USA convention in Pittsburgh.  Today (Wednesday) was designated as “We are the Church day” here at the convention as a way to celebrate the broad and diverse face of the church in our country and world.

When we say “we” it represents people from many countries and cultures around the world.  Even in our country the cultures that we come from are very diverse and full of fresh anointing from the Holy Spirit.  This means that reconciliation and christian community must be who we are as Christ’s ambassadors.

This passage reminds us that first and foremost we must be reconciled to God.  Then we must live out the ministry of reconciliation in our daily lives.  This gives evidence to the new creation we are in Jesus Christ.

So often we allow our own preferences or our cultural traditions to dictate what we think the church should be or look like.  But God does not see us in that way.  Verse 17 says, “If anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation.”  That means that “we” as the “church” should come together as a whole to celebrate this relationship, this reconciliation, and this family that we are a part of.

It is hard to be at a convention like this and not be reminded of the diverse people we are.  Even those who may look similar are still often different in many ways.  But because we are the church we should celebrate what God is doing instead of being critical of each other.  When Jesus reconciled us he did so with unconditional love.  May that same type of love be the testimony of the Christian church today!

Make it personal:  Find ways to connect with the MCUSA conference this week and experience a taste of this reconciliation theme that is permeating this week.  You can go to the AMC website to find various ways to connect with this weeks events.  www.arthurmennonite.org

Blessings in your week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life