BY REV. DORAL PULLEY, Today’s Church Tampa Bay
READ | II Corinthians 5:16-21
“For the Son of God came to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10)
We all began as ideas in the mind of God (Psalm 8:4). We are all words spoken out of the mouth of God (John 1:1,14-18). Our genesis is being one with God. When we came to earth and took on human form, we embraced the erroneous idea of separation from God which in essence changed our relationship with God. God was never separate from us, but we saw ourselves separate from God.
God has always been as close as our breath (Deuteronomy 30:14). We have always been connected to God. We are connected to God right here and right now. We will always be connected to God. “Nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:35).” Our spiritual practices keep our connection with God strong. Like cell phone service, without our spiritual practices we can have a poor connection or a weak relationship with God.
Jesus came to show us our oneness with God. “I and the Father are one (John 10:30).” Jesus came to reconcile us back to our original relationship with God. “God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself (II Corinthians 5:16).”
Jesus came to restore us back to our initial state like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden: optimal health, harmonious relationships, and perfect wealth. When we accept Jesus as our Wayshower, all things are reconciled in our lives, and we accept this ministry of reconciliation. We continue the ministry of Jesus by sharing the WORD of reconciliation with all our siblings who have lost their way.
Rev. Doral Pulley is the senior pastor of Today’s Church Tampa Bay, 940 5th Ave. S, St. Petersburg (Staybridge Suites) and 5107 North Central Ave., Tampa.