Not The wooden spoon holding God

Fellow followers of Jesus, A reminder of our call and our mission:

“For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”
2 Cor 5:19-20 NLT

I recently met A man with the last name Loeffelholz. The first part of his name is the same as mine, it means spoon in German. I asked him what holz meant, he said wooden. I imagine his family some time in the past made wooden spoons.

Wooden spoons paints a picture in my head. In our house when our kids were little we used wooden spoons for our spanking spoon.

Some folks see God as an old cranky guy holding a giant wooden spoon, saying in a craggy growl, “come here you! You need a spanking!” For Some one who doesn’t know God, that image is understandable but I think sometimes as believers we see God that way, or hope he is that way- with everyone else. We know we were excepted in love and grace and forgiven our sins, but we want others to get marched out to the wood shed and get a good whooping with Gods wooden spoon. Maybe it’s just me that thinks like that.

But that’s not what he is doing. And we, or should I say I, need to change my way of thinking. I need to remember how gentle God has been with me and extend that grace to others, especially those who don’t know Him yet. I need to be in the business of reconciliation. Reconciling the lost back into the warm embrace of our Heavenly Father.

Author: Peterloeffelbein

I am a man. I am an older man. I am a husband and a dad and a grandpa. I am a disciple of Jesus. Because I am a disciple of Jesus much of what I write is about him, and I usually end what I write with a question, do you the reader know that Jesus loves you? He does. He loves us all but he loves you specifically. He loves me specifically. What will you do with that information today?

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