It is so tempting to close ourselves off after deep wounding, after failed attempts to come together as people of faith. We might ask ourselves, “Why isn’t this working out?” Still, we must believe that God is at work, that while we want to throw our hands up in despair, God’s hands are still in. All in.
God has not pulled away. God still believes that we can be reconciled, that we can pull off this fellowship. Two feet in. When we walk by faith, we don’t take any steps back.
Because our faith is not in us but in Christ and his bloody hands are still extended. We don’t have the option of withdrawing as his cross is an open invitation and an ongoing reception. It’s not over until Jesus gets a hold of the one that left all ninety- nine of us (Matthew 18.12). Jesus is the gate so we must remain open… like the Lord’s Table (John 10.7, 9).
This is why the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion is so important. Every month or each week, we are called to come back to the table– but not back to the drawing board. All is not lost. Still, “It is written…”
No matter what the newspapers print and despite all of our reporting on separations, splits, divisions and disagreements, there is still a report from the Lord. Lean forward and listen out for it. It won’t get as much attention. God’s voice is still and small. Still, we are called to “be still and know that God is God” (Psalm 46.10).
So we must keep our ears open, our eyes open, our hands open, our hearts open and our mouths open. We must be ready to give and receive the blessing of belonging, to be reminded that we belong to and with each other, that we were all made for each other. In the end, it will all, we will all come together. Being reconciled to God through Christ Jesus, we are right where we need to be (Second Corinthians 5.18).
God’s still pulling it all together, still pulling us all together one heart string at a time. Give it time because it is all in God’s time anyway. God’s will be done. All called and hearing the same command to love and hope and trust, we can’t leave the ministry of reconciliation.