A L O O K I N T O T H E A P O S T L E ' S H E A R T
“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.
Purity. We live in a culture that glamorizes debauchery, immorality, and all things impure. So living a life of purity will stand out in sharp contrast to the world around us and show the world the beauty God intended.
Knowledge. Christians should not be accused of being ignorant, but rather, we ought to have a solid understanding of our faith and be able to intelligently defend it before the attacks of others. Yet on the other hand, we should not let knowledge puff us up or distract us from the true heart of the gospel. Peter shows us the use of knowledge well in his first letter to the church: “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect…” (I Peter 3:15)
We’ve finally gone through the eight attributes that spoke to me. This is quite the list, but it’s not even a third of the qualities Paul mentions, and his list was not nearly complete or exhaustive! So, the way in which to sum up the way an ambassador of God should act is “commendable in every way.” That’s a high standard to meet and a lofty goal. But by the grace and power of God, we can do it if we just yield our lives and walk in faithful obedience. So let’s strive and purpose to become faithful servants of God who live above reproach and are commendable in every way. For that is our high calling.