Accept and Extend.

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For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. 15 And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them. From now on, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way; So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! (2 Corinthians 5:14-17, NRSV) 

Compelling is it not?

I have heard this passage more times than I can count in my walk with Christ, and yet every time I am overcome with the the urge to pass this on. To take the fire that Christ has lit within me and share that same fire with others and as the camp songs says, pass it on. This right here is the whole point of Jesus coming, to bring all into the fold by His death and resurrection. And yet I wonder something…

Do we really believe this?

Let’s be very clear with ourselves what the word “all” means. I know seems a silly thing to explain, but I do not think we know what it means at times. The word all is an inclusive word, not exclusive. Nowhere in this passage do you hear Paul say that God died for all the people that agree with us. Nowhere does he say he only died for a certain people group or country of origin.

The only thing it says that we (followers of the Way) are CONVINCED that ONE HAS DIED FOR ALL, therefore ALL HAVE DIED.

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is not complicated. We are the ones that complicate the truth. The truth isn’t complicated, that’s why it’s the truth. Truth should come naturally to us, but it doesn’t. We negotiate and argue and judge and constantly maneuver away from the Truth.

Doing this doesn’t change the truth, the truth is a constant part of creation, it just is, like God just is.

Christ welcomes all into the fold of His Kingdom. All.

When we accept this truth amazing things happen. The fire compels us to extend this fire further, and when it’s extended further everything is made new, because that is the will of God. There is no separation here when it comes to God. All are welcome.

So, how are you and I separating people from God’s love?

Accept the truth and extend the truth to all whom you come in contact with.

Go now and make disciples of Jesus Christ because in that we will all transform the world.

Amen.

About Bradley Alexander

My name is Bradley Alexander, I serve as the Director of Youth and Media Ministries at Arlington Heights United Methodist Church in Fort Worth, TX. I am married to the love of my life, Rev. Amy Forsythe-Alexander, who serves as the Pastor of Discipleship at Acton United Methodist Church. I graduated from Texas Wesleyan University in 2011 with a Bachelors of Science in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Business Management. Currently I am working on receiving the United Methodist Church Youth Ministry Certification with the General Board of Higher Education. After receiving this I will continue my coursework at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas receiving a Masters in Youth Ministry. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to connect with you again in the future.