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A Season of Revitalization

Ecclesial Health
2 Co. 3:1-3 (MSG)
Does it sound like we’re patting ourselves on the back, insisting on our credentials, asserting our authority? Well, we’re not. Neither do we need letters of endorsement, either to you or from you. You yourselves are all the endorsement we need. Your very lives are a letter that anyone can read by just looking at you. Christ himself wrote it—not with ink, but with God’s living Spirit; not chiseled into stone, but carved into human lives—and we publish it.

We might be tempted to see ourselves, Christ followers, as irrelevant today. Our world is a mess. The church in Corinth might have thought that too, since their world was a mess. But Paul is reminding them and us of who we are and why we matter. God is making God’s appeal to the world through us, the followers of Jesus Christ. That fact alone makes us very relevant. But also very responsible.

Paul says we are a “letter of Christ” to the world. We are called to embody and to offer God’s love to all. Who wants to open a letter from a church that is a mess and divided, self-concerned, or worldly? Or a church that presents a stony face of the law to the world instead of the glowing face of Christ’s love? Our neighbors need to see a congregation as imperfect but honest, struggling but authentic, diverse but unified. An important mark of revitalization is our health as a church body. We need to examine how we solve our disagreements, whether we speak the truth in love, and how we forgive one another. Then we will look like the new community God is making his appeal through. Then we will glow with a vitality that comes from our Living God, and be a letter of love most people want to open.