May 25, 2020
2 Corinthians 4:1-2 (KJB) Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; 2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
The Apostle Paul is making it clear that his ministry is above the rampant dishonesty at work in this world. His ministry is acceptable and honorable to God, though his life was in spiritual shambles before he met with God on the ground, he now walks above reproach with God.
However, isn’t this the truth, we all can think of another who was miserable, dishonest, and so far removed from God that the moment they got saved their salvation profession is suspect because it is almost impossible to remove their former godless lifestyle from the forefront of our mind. Aren’t you glad that God does not operate in that same questioning character and a fingerpointing judgmental fashion?
Just imagine the darkness found at work in the life of Paul before he met God. He prosecuted Christians. In fact, he was on his way to harass and likely bring harm to other Christians when he personally met with God on the road to Damascus. Think about how hard it would be for these early Christians to set aside who this “new” Paul is and to accept him after he met with God for a heart to heart talk.
The Apostle Paul stood firm in his new spiritual life, for he understood that he was accepted by God and that God had his back despite the actions, mindset, and beliefs of others. You too can stand secure putting away the horrible things of in your past because God sees you as already perfect in His eyes though you have not yet achieved eternal perfection inside fellowship with God.
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The Gordons have authored several devotional books: Looking Through the Glass Darkly, Some Trust in Chariots, Growing in Grace and Knowledge, Woman of Grace and their latest, Walk Worthy. There is a free study guide companion for Walk Worthy available on their website.