Week 10 in Review
Hello, blog readers. I am Jon’s Mom. He asked me this week if either his Dad, or I would be
willing to write a contribution to the blog, since we joined all of you in this bible reading
challenge that is coming to an end soon! I have been really enjoying reading the Word of God
together with Jon and Kim, and all of you! (And I am a God praising mom seeing my child and
his family running with the Lord!)
The passage this week that really stood out to me, as I was reading, Was 2 Corinthians 6:1-10.
Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For
he says, “In a favourable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.”
Behold, now is the favourable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We put no obstacle in
anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we
commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities,
beatings, imprisonments, riots, labours, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge,
patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; by truthful speech, and the power of God;
with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand, and for the left; through honour and
dishonour, through slander and praise. We are treated as imposters, and yet are true; as
unknown and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished and yet not killed; as
sorrowful yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing
In this passage Paul appealed to his readers not to receive the grace of God in vain (they had
heard the glorious Gospel of salvation, they should not let it be useless in them.). he told them,
“Behold, now is the favourable time, behold, now is the day of salvation.” He made sure to put
no obstacles in their way so that his ministry would not be faulted for those who would not
receive this grace he preached. He also recognized that he and his co-workers were God’s
servants. And the verses that hit me hardest followed—Paul’s actions as God’s servant
commended him IN EVERY WAY (emphasis mine). His actions and experiences proved his
praiseworthiness in his ministry.
This passage really convicts me, first because often in my life I have been restricted in my own
affections, and need to widen my own heart toward God and his servants. And it makes me
ask myself, as a servant of God, if I have lived in such a way that I might be commended?
Certainly, any list I compiled would be much, much shorter than Paul’s! Praise God for his
living word that, like a two edged sword, discerns the thoughts and intentions of my heart.
While my faithfulness may be in small things, like loving and caring for my family, growing in my
knowledge of God, patience, kindness, truthful speech, etc., I was also reminded that many of
my brothers and sisters around the world would have commendation lists that look a whole lot
more like Paul’s. An article from National Post came across my FB feed this week that stated
that Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world (Jesus promised this would
be the case: (Jn 15:20 as an example)). A study in 2016 said that a christian was killed for his
faith every 16 minutes. My guess is that today that number would be higher. Today many of
our brothers and sisters are commending themselves in great endurance, afflictions, hardships,
calamities, etc. I need to be more faithful in praying for them, helping and partnering with them
in any way possible, and in recognizing that they, like Paul, are the heroes of our faith.
May the Lord continue to bless you all as you plant his word in your hearts and minds!