"As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world."
~ John 17: 18
I wonder how many of us see ourselves as God's presence in the world?
It's a thought I have tried to convey. I would often remind my kids when they were growing up, "Remember who you are and what you stand for."
It wasn't meant to be funny, although sometimes it was met with a grin. It is a statement that we should all consider each time we place our feet on the floor when we get up in the morning.
Perhaps each time we clock in our work, or each time we stop for lunch. At the ballgame, or on the freeway. How about every time we use social media? Now that might be interesting!
Let's just think about this verse. If we are sent into the world as Christ was, what does our life and actions then mean in the world?
If the world were to perceive this message, I wonder what the headlines of the news would proclaim?
I understand that what I'm proposing is a radical paradigm shift, however, it cannot happen unless we begin to see ourselves as God's presence in the world and start acting like it.
Just a thought for today. I hope each day we find that someone recognizes that presence. "Remember who you are and what you stand for..."
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.