A butterfly doesn’t wish for the cocoon. It goes through quite a grueling process of transformation whereby from a hairy many-legged creature comes a creature of beauty that accents and enhances nature and life. It doesn’t wish for the days when just getting by was the way of life, but it does enjoy its daily outings from flower to flower and field to field…it finds itself even more just being a butterfly.  It’s curiosity of the world that brings it closer to who its meant to be.

We have come to a place in the future of the church where either we love people or we don’t. I apologize for those who think that there might be a middle ground. All people are on a journey somewhere, right? And yes our part is to effect one another for the Kingdom, right? We can’t assume that our responsibility is to ‘save’ people, if we do (and yes even using the terminoilogy is dangerous) then we subconsciously agree that we think the gruesome death of the cross; for the world’s redemption, just wasn’t good enough. Christ said He came into the world to seek and to save, he doesn’t tell us to do the same. He says, teach people through your lifestyle. basically — love them! We are responsible for being redeemers not savers. this changes things a bit then doesn’t it? this means we stop trying to clean people up for church or to present them to God…God accepted you as you were, He will do the same for others. They don’t need to stop cussing or having sex or stop doing drugs. and yes this means the christians too. those christ-followers who are struggling, it is not our job to ‘save’ them either. love them to change them as it has been said. grace transforms. humans don’t transform humans, they effect them. god who is love transforms them. so we love. what is interesting about the prodigal story is that it tells the story of someone who was already part of the jewish community (modernised and translated: a christian) who lost their way. the point of the story: God is very patient with us. He waits. And yet, we don’t…we push ourselves, we force others, we live by guilt rather than faith. this doesn’t mean there is not effort on peoples parts, but, we as humans can’t presume to know holiness better than the next….their road to holiness is up to God. We can only encourage the image of God out of one another. If God himself no longer focuses on our sin and he is committed to our road to holiness for eternity why are we holding him back by focusing on something that is already been annihilated by the cross and resurrection (aka, sin). we should seek to see the image of God in ourselves and one another and learn ways to focus on how we can go about extracting that out of one another. this is redemption, this is salvation, this is being a missional christ-follower…


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