Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:1-21
For we walk by faith and not by sight…
These are the apostle Paul’s words to the church he founded that had begun to doubt him. Of course, if the people had begun to doubt Paul’s leadership, he wouldn’t really have cared. But they had begun to doubt the vision of Christ that Paul had given them.
Some other, slicker, evangelists had shown up. They pointed to Paul’s precarious existence, the fact that he lived below the poverty line, that people didn’t know his name, that he was considered a rabble-rouser and troublemaker by the authorities, they cited all these facts as evidence that he wasn’t a worthy faith guide. These other preachers told the people that God wanted them to live stable and steady lives, to give up associating with criminals and outcasts, to focus on earning status and favor with local authorities. Live a life that seems reasonable and admirable to outsiders, use your knowledge of Christ to improve your life, avoid unnecessary risk, this is natural and it is what God wants for you.
Paul says, to believers now and then, this is not the narrow way that leads to life. These things may look good, but they are not good.
We walk by faith and not by sight.
I hope you’ll join me for worship this Sunday at 10. We’ll be seeking the Lord for a vision of this strange and beautiful life we’ve been called to in Christ. What does it mean to live by faith?
Come and see…
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