Lent Devotional – Thursday – March 10

2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10

How shocking to imagine that God makes appeals through us ordinary men and women. Are we really speaking and acting as God’s ambassadors wherever we are in the world? This is exactly what St. Paul claims about himself and about us as well. Paul insists that, no matter what happens to us, we show the world something of God’s love by reaching out as God has done—in holiness of spirit and genuine love. Can you picture this? What if Christians proclaimed their God by engaging the world as God did in Christ and does in the Holy Spirit?

Loving God, loving us humans has been hard. It cost you your beloved son. But you have never given up on us, never abandoned us. Open our eyes and hearts to be ambassadors for you by loving our fellow creatures with the holy generosity and perseverance you provide. Amen.

From: Lent Devotional 2011 by Luther Seminary and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

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