Different members of our church family write these reflections each week to go along with the two year reading plan the church is participating in. It is our hope that these reflections help you to get in to your Bible throughout the week and be challenged by the word of God.
Read 2 Corinthians 12 (Monday 6.5)
“My grace is sufficient for you.” Amen and amen! What an encouraging statement. When I look around and wonder how am I suppose to be different from the rest of the world, this is it! Who else in the world can gladly rejoice in their weaknesses? As I go about my day and I am confronted by my sin and my lack of ability i am blessed to not be defined by them. This is an identity passage. God allows thorns to stay in our side to remind us that our personhood and our worth is not found in how well we live life but is found in Christ’s righteousness in us. I am valuable because he has chosen me and saved me for himself. Paul is showing us that there is purpose even in failure so that when failures comes we might praise God for his grace in our lives.
For Reflection: Is there a thorn in your life right now? Do you believe God’s grace is sufficient? Think about where you find your identity? Is it in Christ or is it in how well you live? What might it look like to change?
2 Corinthians 13 (Monday 6.5)
Paul has just reminded us in the previous chapter that in our weakness God is made strong, that in the depths of our sin we know the heights of God’s grace. But now he is concerned that we not abuse our freedom in Christ. He calls the Corinthians to test themselves and see if they are of the faith. He knows that they are and is not suggesting otherwise but what he is showing is that a life in Christ is a life marked by righteousness. Paul is marrying the reality of Gods sovereignty over all events and the necessity of man’s responsibility. God’s grace is sufficient for our weakness and at the same time since we are in Christ we have the power to live in righteousness. Our identity is found and is stable in Christ as the anchor of our soul and it is from this security that we have the grace and the freedom to live righteously before God and man.
For Reflection: Is your identity found in Christ and what he has done for you? Does the way you live show that reality? What might you change this week to show who you in Christ?
Reflections written by Taylor Floyd