Thursday, June 19, 2014

Waiting for our last Spanish train

Cuanto esta lejos el oriente del occidente, hizo alejar de nosotros nuestros rebelliones. Salmo 103,12

Dios estaba en Cristo reconciliando consigo al mundo, no tomandoles en cuenta a los hombres sus pecados, y nos encargo a nosotros la palabra de la reconciliacion. 2 Corintios 5,9

Cantad, cristianos por doquier, con dulce melodia, load al Dios de gran saltando de alegria, al don precioso que nos dio cuando a gran precio nos compro. A voces celebramos. Martin Lutero

I sense that I am entering a new stage of my Way with Jesus. For many years my heart verse has been Psalm 84, which has focused on the journey and His provision, “Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the pilgrimage to Zion. As they go through the Valley of Bitterness, they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools.They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion.”

But I step from this comforting, but well, individual, even self-centric walk, shifting with great joy to my, to our, great calling: 

“For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

From now on therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation."

And now I have a much bigger and better sense of this beloved world that was reconciled to God through Christ, the precious gift by which He bought us. As far as the east is from the west, He has put away our rebellions. Sing, Christians, with sweet melody, with a great leap of joy, together we celebrate, and controlled by His love, we no longer living for ourselves, rather we carry this true message of reconciliation to the ends of the earth.

Holy, holy, holy.