One summer Sunday, I asked one of my friends from church what they were going to do with the rest of the day. She said, “I am going to attend my family rebellion, I mean, reunion.” We both laughed.
Are you going to attend a family rebellion, I mean, reunion this summer?
On the first day of summer Becky, Paul, Erik and I are going to be reunited with the side of my family that I always knew existed, but to which I had little connection—the Canadian Reinhiller family. Back at the turn of the 20th century, my great-grandfather Joseph and his family sailed from the old country and settled around Elgin, North Dakota. Later, Joseph’s brother, Jacob, and his family came over, but instead of settling in North Dakota, he went to Canada.
Thanks to Ancestory.com and Facebook, we get to be our side of the family’s ambassadors to the Reinhiller family. Hopefully this will lead to more family reunions and not rebellions. One of the most powerful truths to hold on to is that Jesus is the source of our reconciliation to God.
2 Corinthians 5:19 says,
“in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.”
God sent Jesus to bring us back to God, to invite us into His life, and become part of God’s family. But it doesn’t end there. When we become part of God’s family, we become ambassadors for Christ. How do you feel about that truth? I feel both honored and nervous. However, the good news of Jesus is too good to keep to myself. With the power of the Holy Spirit, I can, we can be ambassadors for Jesus. The purpose of the good news is for those who are far from God to be reconciled to Him through Jesus. May we experience many being reunited with God through the power of the gospel at work in us.