2 Corinthians 5:
20 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. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. NIV

Did you catch your job description?  Ambassador!  Representative of the Most High...  Messenger of reconciliation…

You have to let go of your past to experience a new reality.  But what is the old parachute that wants to drag behind us?

For the adventurers, the past experiences are filled with war stories, fishing myths, and high school football stories.  The true adventurer learns that they are now part of a new team with new battles to fight. The heroic acts of the past need to be replaced with new stories. The successful fishermen must now become fishers of men.

Maybe the adventure of your past has left you with regrets and missed opportunities. You will not survive if you constantly drag behind you the ‘would’ve, could’ve, should’ve’ parachute. Forget the things that are behind and press on to what God has for you today.

Those who ‘bailed out’ had crisis and failure and were able to survive because of their parachute. At the most challenging and difficult point of impending destruction, they found God, they found rehab, bankruptcy or something that transitioned them to stable ground.

We are in the business of helping people who have had to bail out.  Our job is to help them unstrap the past and walk in a new way in a new land.  We actually believe we are on ‘a mission from God’.

What’s your code?  What are your rules that you live by? What part of our past experience needs to be unstrapped so we can progress on new terrain?

We need to understand in a new way the common ground we share with all humanity.  We are made of the same stuff and live on the same planet. No one is better and no one is worse than us. We need to let go of our own self-importance that comes from the mission.  This is what Jesus did in ‘the Incarnation’.  The idea that God would become a man and live among us…  that is a powerful picture of helping people. 

God has chosen to live out His message through you. Let’s get packing the old and live in the new.