2 Corinthians 6:1-10 (NLV)
1 We are working together with God. We ask you from our hearts not to receive God’s loving-favor and then waste it. 2 The Holy Writings say, “I heard you at the right time. I helped you on that day to be saved from the punishment of sin. Now is the right time! See! Now is the day to be saved.”
Now is the time to be saved. Not tomorrow, not next week. When we’re all to busy with the things of today, what do we care about anything but what we have burning our toes? Yet, today can be different. Today can have purpose for others, not just be about getting through it. Our tasks and goals can be higher than serving ourselves.
3 We do not want to put anything in the way that would keep people from God. We do not want to be blamed.
We shouldn’t be the superior, sanctamonious, pucker butted, holier than thou prude Christians who can’t find their way to love, to teach, or forgive of those that Christ spent his time with. We need to be in the world but not of it. And in means all in.
4 Everything we do shows we are God’s servants. We have had to wait and suffer. We have needed things. We have been in many hard places and have had many troubles. 5 We have been beaten. We have been put in prison. We have been in fights. We have worked hard. We have stayed awake watching. We have gone without food. 6 We have been pure. We have known what to do. We have suffered long. We have been kind. The Holy Spirit has worked in us. We have had true love.
In today’s landscape, it’s not nearly as true (yet) as it has been in the past. What are we worried about? Getting a little dirty by association? We are to serve those that are in need – the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick,
Matthew 25:35 ‘For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
This is the truth and I challenge eveyone, believer or not, to live this life. This is a core of following Chirst. This ought to be core of being human. This is God’s core.
7 We have spoken the truth. We have God’s power. We have the sword of being right with God in the right hand and in the left hand. 8 Some men respect us and some do not. Some men speak bad against us and some thank us. They say we lie, but we speak the truth. 9 Some men act as if they do not know us. And yet we are known by everyone. They act as if we were dead, but we are alive. They try to hurt and destroy us, but they are not able to kill us. 10 We are full of sorrow and yet we are always happy. We are poor and yet we make many people rich. We have nothing and yet we have everything.
Joshua 24:15 (NLV)
15 If you think it is wrong to serve the Lord, choose today whom you will serve. Choose the gods your fathers worshiped on the other side of the river, or choose the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”