Regeneration - Mikal Mathews

Regeneration this year has been quite impactful for me because of the whole subject of reconciliation. All of the speakers, Dr. Cornel West, Steve Carter, and Captain Lisa Barnes, were excellent keynoters at this young adult retreat giving wise counsel and real talk to those who definitely need to hear what they were saying. The Scripture was on 2 Corinthians 5:17-19 which states “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new generation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: That God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” I really needed to pay attention to this because I am still dealing with things that I am not absolutely happy with, but God reminds us that we must become ambassadors of reconciliation traversing towards the uncomfortable uncertainty, as well as acknowledging little blessings, to breathe unknowingly and at the same time praising God. I learned that we must not be functional atheists who know the word but would never dare to become the word, but instead we must be infused with the Heavenly Father’s piety to reach out to those whom most wouldn’t even give a single glance. Fortunately, God has awesomely given us his Son as an example to help us reflect and respond to the grieving world. I would rather be a prisoner of hope locked up with the chance of compassion for God’s message than be a free man influenced by such desolate discouragement the world has falsely proclaimed. I’ll end with this thought; as Christians we must become ruthless in this spiritual warfare as we fight for the lost souls in this world while proclaiming the Good News.