Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Light of the Gospel

I slept for a really long time last night. It was good to catch up on some sleep. This morning, dad and I went out and played some baseball. It definitely wasn't one of my better days hitting wise, but that's how it goes sometimes. I am looking forward to basketball tomorrow morning (dad is coming tomorrow too). 2 Corinthians 4:3-10 was a great reminder to me of our position in Christ.
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, "Light shall shine out of darkness," is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.

It is God that opened our eyes to the gospel. What an awful thing it is to be blinded from the gospel. We must speak with boldness when God gives us opportunities to share the light of His Word. I was thinking of a math illustration as I thought about the importance of this.

(Personal Comfort)/(Eternity) = 80/ = 0

We put a lot of value in personal comfort (we'll say 80% of what we do is centered around personal comfort), but when you compare that with (eternity), it comes out to absolutely no value. How often do we pass up opportunities that God gives us because it feels uncomfortable? Let us put ourselves out of the way, and let the light of the gospel shine through us!

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