In my last post, I talked about not turning our New Covenant into a law. Trying to follow a set of rules to please God is what got Israel in trouble.
Many try to use the “cookie-cutter” approach to Christianity. They try to get everyone to follow the same set of rules. But that’s not what life in the Spirit is all about.
Yes, there are certain absolutes that the Bible tells us will bring death into our lives. There are also some other things that God desires us all to do. But a vast majority of our walk with God is based upon what we learn in His presence.
The fact is that life in the New Covenant is greatly superior to what it was like under the Old Covenant.
Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, fading though it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory.
2 Corinthians 3:7-10
The beginning of this passage is about the former ministry that condemned men. The glory that God exhibited back then was indeed glorious. But Paul says in verse 10 that we’re now living in the day when God wants to exhibit His excellent glory.
When I think about the glory He showed in the Old Testament, I wonder how it could be any better. He ordained a place of worship that was lined in gold. Even the utensils used in its service were mostly of gold and silver. The priests themselves were lavishly dressed – the high priest having precious stones on his garment.
But we have to realize that having a powerful ministry is not about things, but about spirit. It’s based on who you are. Are you living up to God’s expectations for your life? This is different for everyone.
In some places, it might mean a large building and the latest technology. In other places around the world, however, a great ministry might mean a building with a roof that doesn’t leak. I’ve found that in some cultures, just starting a meeting on time is a mark of maturity.
When you look at ministry, the difference is in our attitude. Turning the New Covenant into a set of rules brings condemnation. On the other hand, ministry in the Spirit brings life.
That’s how you can tell the difference between the two. What’s the focus? If a ministry is always pointing out our faults without showing how to let God change us, then they’re missing the most important aspect.
The Lord came to bring us new life. I do need to know where I’m missing the mark. But I also need to know that I can’t change myself. It only comes as I yield to the power of the Holy Spirit.
Christ is looking for people who will allow Him to shine through them. That should be our desire as well. Then the world will see and be attracted to the excellent glory of God revealed in us. Oh, that the Church would rise up in the excellence of our New Covenant, that the world might once again be turned upside down for the glory of God!
Question: How does the glory of the New Covenant play a role in your life and ministry?
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