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Day 5 – Today is the Day!

Friday, July 24th, 2009

2 Cor 6:1-10

1 As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. 2 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.

3 We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. 4 Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; 5 in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; 6 in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; 7 in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; 8 through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; 9 known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; 10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

Reflection:

Paul shares with the Corinthian church not to take God’s grace in vain.  According to Webster’s dictionary the definition of word vain is “having no real value, having or showing undue or excessive pride in one’s appearance or achievements.”  Through this letter, Paul is reminding us to remember what God has done for us and what He is doing in our lives right now.  It is by God’s incredible grace that He saves us. It is not what we have done, but what God has freely done for us.  It is by His power that we live and minister. To not take His grace in vain means that we believe and live out that now is the day of His favor and now is the day of salvation. Not yesterday, not tomorrow, but today.  So let’s live for the Lord fully. How is that expressed? Are we going through hardships and troubles?  Are we exhausted? Is our patience being tested? Maybe we have been spoken against or even rejected by others. Let’s respond to these circumstances as God’s co-workers described in this passage, because our Father who is the creator of heaven and earth gives us grace.  Let’s live and press on in such a way that we will not be a stumbling block but a blessing to those who are around us, for the Holy Spirit is powerfully at work in us so that we may live as ministers to this generation for Christ.

Response:  Spend some time proclaiming 2 Corinthians 6:1-10 into your life.  Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to empower us to endure and press on in all things in sincere love to minister to others. Today is the day of salvation, so rejoice in the Lord!

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