Last time, we talked about choosing our friends wisely and not partnering ourselves with unbelievers. But why are these things important? Why did God command us to keep ourselves separate and not allow the world into our personal lives?
Paul gives us the answer in the next few verses:
“What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, ‘I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.’”
~II Corinthians 6:16-18
Life is a race. The starting line was our birth day and the finish line the day we breathe our last. From point A to point B we are called to run with purpose, endurance, steadfastness, and faithfulness, not looking to the left or the right or becoming weighed down by sin, but running straight towards our goal—Jesus Christ.
While we understand that we should avoid sin and all that weighs us down in our race of faith, there is one key factor that I believe we often overlook. A factor that can either spur us on to greater faithfulness and stronger running or completely derailing and sidelining us from our calling. This key factor is who we run with.
“We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.”
~II Corinthians 5:3-10
What did you learn from meditating and pondering this passage? Did the Holy Spirit open your eyes to any new insights, truths, and revelations? I’d love to hear them in the comments section! In the meantime, let’s take a closer look at these eight key attributes of a faithful servant of God.
Last week, we looked at what it meant to be ambassadors of God. And while we discovered our duties, responsibilities, and mission through that study, we were not given a practical example of what faithful service as an ambassador of God looks like. But never fear, this week we’ll spend both studies closely examining an amazing example of faithful service in the life and testimony of the Apostle Paul. We’re going to be looking at a lot of qualities, attributes, and characteristics and yet, we won’t have time to cover everything. Nevertheless, let’s see some of the things Paul has to share with us about faithful service as God’s servant.
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