July 8

Posted on Jul 8, 2018

Having given a stirring appeal to every believer to engage in a ministry of gospel reconciliation on behalf of God Himself, the apostle Paul then paints a portrait of such a servant/ambassador. His description includes these lines: “We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain…But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God…as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things” (2 Cor 6:1, 4, 9-10). “Keep back nothing,” says C.S. Lewis. “Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.”

Today’s Reading: Psalms 140-142 Memorize: John 3:18-19