Daily Bible Reading – Judges 19-21; 2 Corinthians 4
Today’s Key Passage – 2 Corinthians 4:1-18
As followers of Christ, we are all called to be His ministers in the world. No matter what your job title is or what you do for a living, you have been called to be a full time servant of Jesus Christ. The greatest decision you can ever make is the decision to accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior. Perhaps the second greatest decision you can ever make is to choose to be His servant. Have you made the decision to serve Christ in all that you do? Do you have a burden for the lost and want to see others come to Christ? If so, in today’s key passage Paul has a few tips for us in our service to Christ:
1. We have mercy – “Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.” (vs. 1) Never forget that we have been given the right to minister for God not by our own actions but by God’s grace and mercy.
2. We need integrity – “Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.” (vs. 2) When talking to others about Christ, never try to alter the message to fit what the audience wants to hear. Our job is to simply speak the truth about God’s Word.
3. We have an enemy – “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (vss. 3-4) The “god of this age” is Satan, and he has blinded people to the truth of God’s Word.
4. We need a priority – “For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” (vss. 5-6) Our priority should never be to talk about what we have done. Our priority is to keep the focus where it belongs – on Jesus Christ.
5. We are weak, but He is strong – “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” (vss. 7-9) Like jars made of clay, we are frail humans who are prone to sin and suffering. Even though we are weak, God still uses us to reach the lost. We cannot serve on our own, but God gives us the strength we need to keep going.
6. We must speak up – “It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak” (vs. 13) It is not enough for us to simply know the Good News about Jesus Christ. To reach the lost, we have to be willing to step out in faith and tell them about Him.
7. We have a reward – “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (vss. 17-18) We may face trials on this earth as we serve Him, but we will receive our reward in Heaven.
Are you ready to serve God? Are you ready to step out in faith? Pray to God today and tell Him that you are ready for Him to use you. Tell Him you are ready to go wherever He leads. Tell Him you are ready to do whatever He needs done. Tell Him you are ready to make a difference for His Kingdom. If you open yourself up to becoming His servant, He will blow you away with all that He can do in you and through you.
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Posted on April 4, 2013, in 08 - 2 Corinthians and tagged Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, Evangelism, God, Godly Living, Good News, Jesus, Religion, Service. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.