Tag: servants of God
Scripture reading for September 2nd: 2nd Corinthians 6:1-13
When many people hear the plea of one of Christ’s ambassadors: “Be reconciled to God!”, they make excuses as to why they are not yet ready. Some may feel that they have many things in the world that they want to do and see, and they don’t want God interfering. Others may have pet sins that they know God would ask them to give up. Their consciences have already been convicting them, but the sin is bringing them too much temporary pleasure. Others feel that they are young yet, and that religion is for old people who are near death. When they get older, then they will consider Christ’s plea for reconciliation. Still others feel that they are ‘good’. There are many others who are worse ‘sinners’ and God surely knows that they are trying to do good works. It is easy to find justification!
“As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. 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.” (2nd Corinthians 6:1-2) It is possible to hear the message of the Gospel of God’s grace and receive it in vain! Failure to respond with a personal faith and trust actually makes you more liable for God’s wrath and judgment. To whom much is given, much is required! Paul urged those at Corinth to respond when they had the opportunity. “Today” was the best day and the right time because no one could guarantee themselves a “tomorrow”!
Paul continued his plea for these Corinthian’s reconciliation by explaining his own efforts to offer the message of reconciliation to them and not cause them to stumble. He had loved them sincerely and spoken the truth to them at every turn. He had worked hard to provide for himself and suffered for their sake to provide what they needed in an example of Christ’s love. (2nd Corinthians 5:3-10) Paul had opened his heart to them and demonstrated Christ’s love.
In spite of all this, the Corinthians were withholding their love to Paul and many had not opened their hearts. As you examine your heart, where are you with your response to Christ’s plea? Today is the best day to open your heart!