How to Come Back

1 Corinthians 11:17–33

It’s almost over it seems. The time of being masked and constrained nears its end. On the other hand, already another strain of COVID is showing up, but the reality is that we, as an entire world, are at our limits.

It seems great that we’re almost there, except that we really have a lot of things that we need to work through, and many of them may be far harder than COVID, masks, inoculations, and social distancing. The wounds that have opened over the last 2 years are far deeper, far more scarred, and far more gangrenous than many of us were prepared for.

As we come back, it is far too easy and tempting to attempt to go back to old habits and practices and forget what has just happened and the mirror that we saw ourselves in. We, as Christians…we, as the …cannot just come back.

Many of us will “come back” to and be unwilling to be uncomfortable. The world has trained us to be exactly like the Corinthians…divided. And, even worse, we may be more divided than the culture at large, which should terrify and condemn us.

Paul was speaking on how the rich self-segregated from the poor. Instead of common , it was a separate one. Instead of a “ feast” celebrating unity, (the memorial of Christ’s and resurrection!) shined the on the division, and it was then unworthy of the that had upon them.

While we may not take separately in the , there is no question that the is divided. Whether it is by culture, country, skin color, language, socio-economic class, or even denomination, the is divided.

The that granted the world the right to judge regarding (John 13:35), desperately needs to one another. As we learn to each other, looking beyond politics, borders, skin color, language, power, weakness, honor, shame, wealth, it will be hard.

Learning to beyond ourselves isn’t optional. For those that follow , it is an act of loving obedience.

※Reflection※

As you prepare to go/come back to , is the “old” really what wants from you?

What is one thing that you will do different as the situation settles into the new way of things?

※Prayer※

, the craziness of these last 2 years may feel like forever, and, yet, in your eyes, it was only a breath. Grant us the and peace and to come together as your disciples to show that your can truly transform the human , and from the human transform the world. Amen.

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.

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