Reading this passage, I was reminded of a time when I was appointed to be our seminary’s representative at a national conference of Lutheran schools in the United States. I felt very important. I was to represent our school. I wanted to do a good job. I wanted to get it right. It was a proud moment, but I felt a lot of pressure to be a good representative.
Our passage today speaks of our appointment as Christ’s representatives in the world. We are the body of Christ, as a community and as individuals. We have a responsibility to be and the privilege of being the body of Christ in the world. We represent Christ in and to the world. That could mean a lot of pressure for us.
But, as Paul points out, the power and strength that raised Christ from the dead is given to Christ and to his body; the Church, you and me. Because of God’s mercy toward us in Jesus, we are not on our own. We are enabled, empowered, to be the body of Jesus Christ in the world. What a responsibility! What a privilege!
God of power, raise us up to be your representatives of love and compassion in our world. Amen. — BJ