Today’s readings are 2 Kings 22-23, Psalm 73, and 2 Corinthians 5.
The local financial planning firm I represent used to have part of our mission statement which said, “aligning actions with values.” We all have certain values, whether they be in our mind or we’ve written them out. As Christ followers, I would assume and hope some, if not all, of those values line up with our Christian faith. The questions for us today is, are we actually living those out? Would others who you know well or others who meet you for the first time know you are a Christ follower? 2 Corinthians 5 discusses how we should live life differently as a follower of Jesus. It challenged me to ask myself, am I?
2 Corinthians 5 talks about how our body is a tent, a temporary dwelling for our eternal soul. As result of knowing our citizenship is really in Heaven, there are some things we should be doing to live life differently which others would recognize and possibly cause them to turn to Christ as well.
- Live by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7)
- Allow the love of Christ to control us (2 Corinthians 5:14)
- Live for Him and not for ourselves (2 Corinthians 5:15)
- Do not regard others by their flesh which is weak (2 Corinthians 5:16)
- Be an ambassador for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20)
Jesus’ last words, which must be important since they were his last, in Matthew 28:18-21 instructed us to go and make disciples of others. This sounds a lot like 2 Corinthians 5:20 which tells us to be ambassadors for Christ.
This again challenges me to ask myself if I’m being an ambassador for Christ based on my actions through living by faith, showing Christ’s love in my actions, living for Him and not myself, and regarding others by their soul and not their outward physical appearance and actions (seeing them how God sees them).
The great news is that although I’m sinful and have a lot of work to do in these areas, God tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:21…
“For our sake He made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”
For more reflection on these areas, check out 2 Kings 22-23 where we see King Josiah of Judah aligning his actions with his values and leading his people to follow God, as well as Psalm 73.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of
my heart and my portion