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Reading Through The New Testament In 2016. Day 154. 2 Corinthians 6

Can I ask a favor this morning?

here we are in the madness of your Facebook feed. There’s an American election going on… I usually check and see what whacko things are being said and so on.

Right now, could we pause together. Take a minute or two to let the madness fall behind us. Right now, just stop and breath and read these words slowly with me. They were so powerful I think that just reading them this morning is better than any commentary I could give.

This is 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 in the message version

Companions as we are in this work with you, we beg you, please don’t squander one bit of this marvelous life God has given us.

God reminds us,

I heard your call in the nick of time;

The day you needed me, I was there to help.

Well, now is the right time to listen, the day to be helped. Don’t put it off; don’t frustrate God’s work by showing up late, throwing a question mark over everything we’re doing. Our work as God’s servants gets validated—or not—in the details.

People are watching us as we stay at our post, alertly, unswervingly . . . in hard times, tough times, bad times; when we’re beaten up, jailed, and mobbed; working hard, working late, working without eating; with pure heart, clear head, steady hand; in gentleness, holiness, and honest love; when we’re telling the truth, and when God’s showing his power; when we’re doing our best setting things right; when we’re praised, and when we’re blamed; slandered, and honored; true to our word, though distrusted; ignored by the world, but recognized by God; terrifically alive, though rumored to be dead; beaten within an inch of our lives, but refusing to die; immersed in tears, yet always filled with deep joy; living on handouts, yet enriching many; having nothing, having it all.

Dear, dear Corinthians, I can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life. We didn’t fence you in. The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way. I’m speaking as plainly as I can and with great affection. Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively!


How did that feel?

Remember that today God has given you this marvelous life. Don’t squander it. Don’t waste it.

Today I want to find out what it means to have nothing but possess everything. To be grateful for every little gift this day gives me.

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