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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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Nov. 8, 2010 - Firmly Grounded

By Randy Mantik

I love history, particularly history of the Civil War. I love the stories of the boldness of U.S. Grant, the devotion of Stonewall Jackson, and the deft leadership of Robert E. Lee. But the person who stands out above all to me is Abraham Lincoln. His wit, in the midst of tremendous stress and constant criticism, was unbelievable. Such was the case even before he was president when he was campaigning against Stephen Douglas.

Douglas was a short man. Lincoln, of course, was known for his height. Someone posed the question one time when the two appeared together, “How tall should a man be?” Lincoln summed it up by saying, “Tall enough so his legs reach the ground.” The crowd laughed.

There is a call to each of us to not be so far above the situations around us that “our feet don’t reach the ground.” Followers of Christ can suffer from such an affliction. There is a call to each of us to be fully human. That sounds a bit like Jesus, doesn’t it? We are, like Christ, to be fully human as well as have the divine nature of Christ living in us. God doesn’t want us to “float off the floor” in a euphoric state of spiritual bliss once we reach a particular place of spiritual maturity. In fact, as we mature more, I believe Jesus would have us enter more into human affairs, not less. He would ask us to be more concerned with what is happening around us, more compassionate and broken when human tragedy faces us. Truly, I think this is the meaning of what someone has called our purpose in this present life — to be “God, with skin on.”

Paul says, “For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing” (2 Corinthians 2:15, NIV). He also says, “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us” (2 Corinthians 5:20). We are presently imperfect yet, “we always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body” (2 Corinthians 4:10). Kind of makes you think a lot differently about the life we live. We need to be heavenly minded, yet fully surrendered to serving God in any way He desires of us in this world.

— Randy Mantik is lead pastor at CrossPoint AG in Portage, Wis.

 

 

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