Thursday, June 13, 2013

June 13 - 2 Corinthians 5

Today's reading in our daily plan is 2 Corinthians 5. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • In the first section, Paul talks about our current bodies as being like tents. They are temporary and not very strong, and therefore we "groan." But we have the promise of being "clothed" later with our "heavenly dwelling" - someday we will be with God and will groan no more.
  • Paul says, "we make it our goal to please Him." The goal of our lives should be God's smile.
  • As followers of Jesus, we should feel compelled to share Him with others. To know Jesus is to want everyone to know Jesus. When we become reconciled to God, we receive the ministry of reconciliation. It's our responsibility to share the message that God is offering to not count "people's sins against them" (verse 19) by "making Him who had no sin" (Jesus) to take on our sins and therefore "be sin" (verse 21) so we could become the "righteousness of God" (be made right with God).

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • We are Christ's ambassadors. We are to represent Jesus to this world and share God's message - that Jesus died for us because God loves us and wants a relationship with us.
  • If people says yes to God's offer they become a "new creation" and the "old has gone." This is really good news! We all want a second chance at life, a new start, and that's exactly what God is offering us!

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Are you representing Jesus well in the way you live your life? Do you look for opportunities to share the message of reconciliation with them - that God loves them, provided a way to have a relationship with them, and if they say yes they get a new start and a life with God? Are there people you are (lovingly and graciously, but persistently) inviting to church? If not, you are missing out on your mission as a follower of Jesus. So how could you get started engaging in the mission?