2 thoughts on “Morning Musings: 2 Corinthians 8:21

  1. Jana Waits

    Great discussion and illustration of the church having a meaningful presence in our community.
    Although as I read the verses around 2 Cor 8:21, it seems to me Paul was talking more about making sure he took great pains to handle the transporting and giving of the offerings to the church in Corinth. He didn’t want Titus or the men sent with him to do anything that caused others to question their integrity or intent or actions. If they were found (or even suspected of) to mishandle the offerings then the Lord himself would be dishonored and cause people to turn away and even against Him. Our actions are important as a reflection of Jesus himself. We are certainly not perfect, thus thanks be to God for sending his son Jesus to die in place of any sacrifice I would be required to give for my shortcomings!
    Your illustration of serving in and with the community is, therefore, a great extension of acting always as representatives of Jesus, to God’s glory and recognition!

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    • pastorjwaits

      Thanks for those thoughts. Yes, that is the immediate context. I find the principle to be much more widely applicable. Because we are representing Jesus everywhere we go, we must work our hardest to make sure we are doing so with great grace and poise. He’s certainly worth it! Far too often Christians worry so little about the esteem of the world that we do needless damage to the image of our Savior. We shouldn’t let the world’s opinion guide our steps, but we should at least take it into account so that we are not getting in the way of the Gospel.

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