Separation & Reconciliation


Rosalie and I have been engaged in designing a new house during the past twelve months or so. We began with a vision statement for the house including what it would look like and how it would function. It’s
near the beach so we wanted the living areas to be open and airy with an outlook toward a stand of regal Norfolk Island pines. The middle part of planning involved determining the exact dimensions for each
room and its fittings.

“Let’s shift that wall 30 cm.”
“No. Let’s shift that whole room.”
“Good idea, but why not make it wider and elongate it further into the backyard.”

We were so focused on small details that we were inadvertently overlooking the bigger picture. A time came where we stepped back and realised we had moved right away from the original vision. We could barely see the trees. It’s not hard to do that in our own lives and to do it in the life of the church as well. We get so busy with our eyes down on the immediate things we are doing that we lose sight of the fact that we are servants of someone greater than ourselves who has his own plan for the whole world.

The Apostle Paul summarised it thus, 17 … if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ…

In the busyness of our own lives and in the life of the church do we have in mind God’s bigger picture of reconciling all people to himself and of our role in it?

Paul adds to this picture,

…he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.

God is at work reconciling the world to himself and he has drawn us alongside to assist him in the work. That’s the big picture that should always remain our focal point.

from Frank Eames