In my last post, we looked at the purpose of God’s grace. It brings about God’s will in us. What is that will? It’s to bring the message of His salvation and favor to the world.
For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
2 Corinthians 6:2
This is God’s priority. Bringing the message of salvation to the world we live in.
But what about us? Is this our priority? There are so many other things that we want to do and experience. To some, God’s will is inconvenient.
Paul is getting to that.
We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited.
2 Corinthians 6:3
This is something that every believer has to come to grips with. How people view our ministry is based largely on how they view us personally. Paul is literally saying that he doesn’t want to create an offence that would cause the ministry to be blamed.
That’s why we need to be constantly working on our character. It’s the character of the minister that determines the perception of the ministry.
Unfortunately, there are those who think it’s just the opposite. They feel that people should think highly of them because of what their ministry is accomplishing.
We have to understand that how we live is a reflection of Christ. The world judges the Christian message based upon what they’ve seen in the believers they’ve met. Sometimes they’re left with a negative opinion.
We need to accurately reflect the love of Christ no matter what we’re going through. Paul now goes through a list of these qualities. I think that it’s important for us to hear them. So I’m going to take a couple of posts to explain what he’s saying to us.
And yes, some of them sound very inconvenient.
Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses;
2 Corinthians 6:4
The key is, Paul wants everyone to know that he’s a servant of God. He doesn’t serve his own needs or wants. He doesn’t serve the world or even the churches. He serves God.
That has to be the foundation of our attitude. We live and act at the Lord’s good pleasure. We’re in the service of the King of the universe. We want His kingdom to be accurately represented.
We serve with that in mind. We desire the character of Christ to shine through us. That’s the only way to draw people to the cross.
Question: How does your character reflect your service to Christ?
© 2020 Nick Zaccardi
June 13, 2020 at 7:10 PM
Thank you for this post. I have lately found myself trying to defend Christianity with my sister. I think from you post that my best move would be to just allow Christ’s character to shine through me.
June 14, 2020 at 9:22 AM
Thanks for your comment. I agree. Sometimes the best defense of our faith is simply living it out as Christ leads us.