This week I found out that a brother passed away. He has been sick for a while, however he died from something else. His death however has got me thinking about so many different things.
First, I am beating myself up because with him I have been a lazy sibling. At one point we were coming together weekly and praying together daily but lately he has just been passing through my thoughts and occasional prayers.
It seems that when someone moves out of the flock that we belong to we treat their importance a little bit different. Examples of this range from a growing distance in our relationships; out of sight out of mind or not seeking them out. To a complete almost apathy to the relationship, which shows up as not praying for or thinking about or even a complete death of the relationship.
Seasons come and go and sometimes friendships only last a season. Think about it how many times has God moved someone into your life to help you through some tragedy and then years later that person is no longer a part of your day to day life. Maybe this has only happened in my life? Sorry for my rant.
Secondly, this death has me thinking about reconciliation. Does that sound weird?
Reconciliation in essence means to exchange. No that doesn’t sound right, does it? See when God reconciled us to himself through Jesus’s death on the cross, He (God) exchanged our broken, sinful lives that lead to eternal separation from him, with His Son’s righteousness and a life with him eternally. So now we have this reconciliation with God and because of this we can cry out Abba, Father.
But there is another kind of reconciliation, and that is between us and those in our lives. In the gospel according to Matthew, Jesus says,” So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother and then come and offer your gift.”(5:23-24)
I bring this up because my friend who died has two sons and his relationship with the one of these sons was broken, and although my friend had sought to fix or exchange this relationship for a good one, the son refused.
James says, when talking about relying on the future,”What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.”(4:14)
I bring this piece of scripture up because my friend found out he was dying and died five days later. His son refused to be reconciled maybe hoping on tomorrow but it never came. His chance was squandered.
We are told to seek first the kingdom of God and that kingdom is one of reconciliation. And 2 Corinthians 5:18 says that,”we have been given a ministry of reconciliation.”
There is a clock for each of our lives and we do not know at what time it will stop. Only God knows, so let me put this out there. Open the gift of reconciliation that God is offering you and then seek to be ambassadors or imitators of God and give that gift to whomever is in your life that needs it.
Oh Abba, Father, thank you so much for exchanging my decaying life for a life that is whole and with you for all of eternity. LORD please help me to examine my life and to seek the things of your kingdom, especially when it comes to forgiveness and reconciliation. And I pray this in the matchless name of Jesus, Amen.
(Enter into His eternal rest Paul Duff)
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