Rev. Greg Haseloff – “Spiritual Vitality”
“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: be reconciled to God. God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” – II Corinthians 5:20-21
One of the gifts that Wesley’s theology has to offer and steward in the body of Christ is the gift of holding together his remarks on “no personal holiness without social holiness.” As Dr. Robert Mulholland says, “We must be careful not to make this a one-way equation – it works both ways. Just as there is no personal holiness without social holiness, so also there is no social holiness without personal holiness.”
For ones that have face to face with the words of Scripture, the realities of the Gospel, and the person of Jesus, Paul’s words to the Corinthians in this chapter close with two powerful declarations – we are His ambassadors and in Him we can become the righteousness of God. To live the rest of our lives after saying “yes to Jesus” in these two declarations is spiritual vitality.
Our pursuit of holiness is never meant for a “bubble.” This journey is intricately wired to our being ambassadors. Spiritual vitality is an environment where a holy God makes broken people whole, so that in holiness they are formed to serve and witness in a waiting world.
Because “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us,” we can become the righteousness of God. In this “becoming” we are ambassadors. When it happens in us there is personal spiritual vitality, and when it happens in the communities where we live in faith with others, social holiness has come alive. Lord, help us become what You have declared.