The Light of the Gospel
4 Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. 2 But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Treasure in Jars of Clay
7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 11 For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So death is at work in us, but life in you.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (2 Co 4:1–12). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
Church Family: Family Weakness
When we think about getting jobs done or accomplishing goals, we usually focus on our strengths. As we have read in the letters Paul wrote to the Corinthians, they were fixated on showing off their individual strengths. Paul continues to point out another way though. In this passage he points out that we are not made to be indestructible, invincible people. We are fragile, broken people, and God’s grace actually flows through our brokenness into the lives of those around us. Redeemed brokenness is more powerful than any strength because it comes from God and not from us.
We struggle with that in our churches and in our families because it is not acceptable to be seen as weak. Yet, time and time again, God has shown His glory more through those families that have turned their weakness and brokenness over to God and let His grace redeem them. The family that has never asked for help has no testimony to share of how God has transformed them.
Reflection: What does your family need God’s help with?
Trying to hear the music in the din of many voices.
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