2 Corinthians 5:1-10 Anticipation

His designed the perfect gown for me, but I can’t see it yet.  I know it will be GLORIOUS!

We read of a great event waiting for all who believe. This event is when we finally take on the form God intended for us from the beginning. When this form we now wear will be replaced with the one the Father made for us. No longer naked but clothed in true righteousness. That is Paul’s good news for us today.

When thinking about Paul’s words today through the Spirit I’m reminded of a wedding. I know that traditions have changed a lot over time but I want to look back at a traditional wedding. One where the bride takes on the name and protection of the groom.

The journey begins when the groom asks that all important question, “Will you marry be?” Jesus asks us a very similar question, “Will you become Mine?” Those two questions and the following answer set everything else in motion. A “yes” answer is cause to celebrate while a “no” leaves deep wounds. Read more »

2 Corinthians 4:7-18 This Momentary Affliction

His work of beauty shining His light

Because we belong to God, what we are now is not what we will be. You have heard it said that it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it takes adversity to create a strong witness for Jesus. This is what I believe Paul is sharing today in our reading.

Several things came to my mind as I read our passage. The first was a smelting pot where the process of heating the material inside is used to purify it. The second is an olive press where the fruit is put under enormous pressure until the very pure heart of it flows forth. I can see both of these in Paul’s words. But the process that grabbed me more than any other is candle carving. Let me tell you why.

I see the Artist at work in my life. He gave me a specific shape as my base. He is that shape, my Base. I cannot grow into anything without its support and structure. For my growth I am placed into different situations that color me and add to my supporting structure, never leaving the true form of my Base. Read more »

2 Corinthians 4:1-6 Shine Out of Darkness

A Light for a dark world.
For best results, clean lens often!

“This little light of mine I’m going to let it shine!” Paul could easily sing that song in our reading today. “No matter where I go or who I meet, it’s going to shine!”

Paul has been shining the light of Jesus everywhere he goes. No matter what the circumstances, he doesn’t hide the light. He molds his life to magnify the light though. Paul is not the light but he allows himself to be a vessel the light can shine through. Read more »

2 Corinthians 3:1-18 Proof of Life

I Believe Lord, Help My Unbelief! Thank You for ALL Your proof!

“Don’t you get it? You are the proof of what we have been preaching!” This is Paul’s cry to this body of believers. Everything he has been sharing with them has brought them to where they are now. From glory to glory! No, the journey has not been easy but it has been worth it.

When reading our text today I got a picture of a traveling medicine man; the “snake oil salesman.” He would go from town to town scamming people out of their hard earned money by proclaiming false cures. He usually had the crow seeded with his accomplices shouting false testimonies. Nothing he sold was worth the price. Read more »

2 Corinthians 2:12-17 Keeping it Real

God knows our true heart and works with us anyway

Paul is sharing more of his journey with his audience. He shares the hard parts along with the triumphant parts. He shares his heart.

My bible helps tells me that when Paul came to Troas he was expecting to see Titus there after he had delivered Paul’s letter to the Corinthians. But Titus didn’t meet him there. Paul was so preoccupied with this concern that he couldn’t take advantage of the opportunity God gave him in Troas to spread the gospel.

God didn’t remove Paul’s calling because he didn’t use the opportunity presented. Instead God blessed the endeavor Paul chose to move onto instead. But we KNOW for sure that those in Troas weren’t forgotten by God. He brought others to share His word with them. Read more »