Corinthians – Belief and Behavior
It’s not about us, how hard we work, what we look like, how we dress, what we think or say in the work of helping others find and follow Jesus. It’s all about God. Always. God is the One and Only who will open doors at the right time and place. It is God who opens hearts to hear. He will not force His way in but will provide a clear pathway to come to Him as many times as it takes. We can count on it. We pray. He works.
Paul relates, “In the Messiah, in Christ, God leads us from place to place in one perpetual victory parade.” We must understand. Jesus came, died for all our sin, rose again in victory over death and all that goes with death. He is alive today! He has thrown the door wide open for all of us to join Him in His Victory parade. Our work is to keep in step to the rhythm of the beat of His heart. Wow!
Because of Christ, we no longer carry the stench of death, but His sweet smelling fragrance of Life. You can’t manufacture this kind of scent! Spring is beginning to make it’s debut once again to our part of the world bringing dormant nature back to life with all the fresh smells of this grand awakening from death. Our saved lives reflect His creation’s pattern for rebirth and revewal! But still it’s all about God. Our “fragrance”, given to us by Christ, is carried back to God and He takes pleasure in our aroma. So, how do we smell?
When God opens a door, we walk through it. Simple. We tell everyone Who opened the door, Who saved us, Who raises us from death to Life eternal. We don’t water it down. We speak Truth. God gives the words and the way to say it. God is Truth. His Son is Truth. His Holy Spirit is Truth, the Three in One, living in us. Only God. It’s all about God.
2 Corinthians 2, The Message
An Open Door
12-14 When I arrived in Troas to proclaim the Message of the Messiah, I found the place wide open: God had opened the door; all I had to do was walk through it. But when I didn’t find Titus waiting for me with news of your condition, I couldn’t relax. Worried about you, I left and came on to Macedonia province looking for Titus and a reassuring word on you. And I got it, thank God!
14-16 In the Messiah, in Christ, God leads us from place to place in one perpetual victory parade. Through us, he brings knowledge of Christ. Everywhere we go, people breathe in the exquisite fragrance. Because of Christ, we give off a sweet scent rising to God, which is recognized by those on the way of salvation—an aroma redolent with life. But those on the way to destruction treat us more like the stench from a rotting corpse.
16-17 This is a terrific responsibility. Is anyone competent to take it on? No—but at least we don’t take God’s Word, water it down, and then take it to the streets to sell it cheap. We stand in Christ’s presence when we speak; God looks us in the face. We get what we say straight from God and say it as honestly as we can.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for inviting us to Your victory parade! Thank you for saving us. Thank you for inviting us to your work to tell others about you. Thank you for open doors. Thank you for opening the door to Life for me. Transform me. Transform Your church. Transform the world.
In Jesus Name, Amen