August 2/2Corinthians 3

Apparently the preachers for hire or the hucksters as Paul called them in chapter 2 were telling the Corinthians that Paul wasn’t a real apostle. He had no degrees behind his name, nobody  writing  a forward to his ministry. Therefore they were saying that he shouldn’t be trusted.

Verses 1-6 > Paul’s come back is him basically saying, “Do we need letters to validate our ministry. Do we need credentials to make you understand that the Lord has called us to this work? He says, “No you are our letters. Look at how your lives have changed since you became born again and are now living for the Lord. Look at the gifts of the Holy Spirit that are working in your midst. Look at how you extended forgiveness and welcomed a repentant sinner back into your midst. Look at how you are winning others for the Lord. Look at the fruit that is being produced in your midst. The old saying, “The proof is in the pudding and you are the pudding!”

Matthew 7:16–18 (NLT) — 16 You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. 18 A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit.

Our children are blank pieces of paper. We as parents get to write on that blank paper mostly by our teaching, our training and probably more important by our example. Our children will basically turn out by what we have written on them. God will be important to them if he is important to us. The word of God will be important to them is it is important to us. Having fellowship with the Holy Spirit will be a major part of their lives if it is a major part of our lives. The fear of the Lord will be instilled in them if it is instilled in us. They will know how to handle money well if we handle it well. If they catch us in prayer we will probably be able to catch them in prayer. If worshiping on Sunday is a habit with us it will more than likely be a habit with them. If we love and cherish our spouse they will have a great chance of loving and cherishing their spouse. And so it goes. Our children are our recommendations to the world that we are either valid parents or not! Has the Lord called us to this work?

Proverbs 22:6 (NLT) — 6 Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.

Proverbs 22:6 (ESV) — 6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22:6 (CEV) — 6 Teach your children right from wrong, and when they are grown they will still do right.

Proverbs 22:6 (The Message) — 6 Point your kids in the right direction— when they’re old they won’t be lost.

Life really is all about fruit. Galatians 6:7 says that we will harvest what we plant. So whatever we plant in our children we eventually should see the fruit. The generation that we see today is a result of what was planted yesterday. When we send our kids out of the home what do we want people to be able to read on them? What fruit will they receive from the lives of our children?

Proverbs 20:11 (NLT) — 11 Even children are known by the way they act, whether their conduct is pure, and whether it is right.

So what about ourselves? What are we now writing on our lives? As adults we can change what was written if we like. Maybe some stuff was written that shouldn’t have been. Maybe we didn’t have Christian parents, or careful and caring parents. Maybe a lot of fiction was written on our paper or maybe it was a horror story or maybe it was all about earning your salvation. The cool thing about the grace of God is that all the old sinful stuff is deleted once you believe in Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins. You get a blank sheet. What do you want people to read when they see you out and about? Start writing it is never to late and it is never time to quit. We are our own letter of recommendation to the world that we are Christians! What kind of fruit are they getting!

Matthew 7:20 (NLT) — 20 Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.

This how Paul ends this chapter > 2 Corinthians 3:18 (The Message) — 18 All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    The law covered the glory of God while the new covenant exposes the glory of God.