Moment's Reflection Nov 9, 2022by Dan Jones on November 9, 2022
“We have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God.” -2 Corinthians 4:7
(Note: Dr. Dan, made the following presentation to the DWM groups this month based on 2 Corinthians 4-6. Below is a portion of that presentation).
How do we grade a Christian? How do we know if a Christian is being a Christian?
In school, for instance, we give grades. Other times, we post reviews on social media. Or we look at a person’s credentials. His or her education, training. Or we evaluate how well a person completes his job description.
But what about a Christian? How is a Christian evaluated? Do we carry a job description. Such as: “A Christian shall accept the responsibility of serving Jesus a minimum of 12 hours a week. Half of these hours must be direct contact. A Christian will memorize the Great Commission. In addition, a Christian will be required to complete 6 hours of continuing education to include some of the following: Bible Study, DWM meetings, participation in extracurricular activities such as bells, choir, or committee volunteerism.
Or do we submit a resume? Such as: “A Christian will have completed two years of bible study and/or attendance in worship. A Christian will be fluent in: Greek, Hebrew, or English language theology. Bi-lingual a plus, but not required.
Or do let everyone know our accomplishments. Like Paul, for instance, who wrote to the Philippians: “…If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: 5circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.”
In his second letter to the Corinthians Paul outlines a different way. Check out the 8 criterion he teaches.
1. Our ministry changes lives. (2 Corinthians 3:2) You want to know a good teacher, look at her students.
2. God makes us competent. “Our competence is from God.” (2 Corinthians 3:5)
3. We speak with sincerity. Even though we know our words may be rejected, we keep speaking the truth (2 Corinthians 2:17) And? We don’t hold secrets (2 Corinthians 4: 2).
4. We spread the “aroma’ of Christ” wherever we go (2 Corinthians 2:14-15).
5. We preach salvation, not condemnation. We speak a Gospel! (2 Corinthians 3:9).
6. God approves of us! Minter writes: “I care what people think, but I’m more concerned with what God thinks.”
7. We are strongest when we are weak (2 Corinthians 4:7ff)
8. We keep perspective. We don’t focus on momentary afflictions. We keep our focus on “an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure.” (2 Corinthians 4:17)
How do you measure up? -Dan, November 2022
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