“Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade mankind…. For Christ’s love compels us…. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view….” (2 Corinthians 5:11,14,16).
I’ve been working considerably lately with the first five and a half chapters of 2 Corinthians. Beginning Sunday September 4th at West Erwin we are going to be diving head-first into the Apostle Paul’s philosophy of ministry. What we will see is that ministry is a way of life. Ministry is what our Father calls us to through the Gospel. And if we understand our calling correctly, ministry is not optional.
In order for ministry to be influential…. In order for ministry to be effective…. In order for ministry to be significant… it must be an extension of who we are. It has to be authentic. It has to be genuine. It has to be valid… if it is to have the impact God intends (and demands) the Gospel to have. Because people can spot a fake a mile away!
And so “since, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade mankind.”
And it is “Christ’s love that compels us” (His divine love for us evidenced upon the cross and through the resurrection).
And because of God’s relentless pursuit of us through the Good News of Jesus, and because we recognize our fallen state without Him, “from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view.”
We see ourselves often in pursuit of God. And certainly we are. Certainly we do. But I believe if we are objective and if we are honest with ourselves, what we soon discover is that it is not we who pursue God, but He who pursues us. He pursues us relentlessly. The lengths He has gone through in the overarching story of God intersecting humanity throughout the ages, the culmination of the redemptive work of God in Christ through the cross and resurrection of Jesus, the way in which He magnificently works in our hearts and lives today, all reveal one thing to us: It is God who pursues. It is He who pursues us. And it is this profound reality that must compel us to pursue Him and His will and His purposes with all that we are.
Glory to God!