What I Read Today;

Exodus 37-38; Psalm 36; Isaiah 3; Mark 8; 2 Corinthians 4

2 Corinthians 4 could easily describe the state of Christianity today.

We have developed programs, processes, and systems to grow our membership.  Yet, we seem to have forgotten that it’s not about our membership numbers, it’s about how many people are affected by the love of Jesus Christ.

Some will only preach the law.  They lay heavy burdens on new believers, and demand lock-step obedience to the rules, as they prescribe them.

Others have decided that anything goes.  Forget that God gave us the ten commandments.  Don’t worry about that whole, sanctification or holy living thing.  We can do what we want because God will simply forgive us.

The truth is found somewhere in between.

The reality is that both sides seem to forget that it’s about Jesus.  It’s why in verse 5, Paul says, “For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. ” NRSV

Paul focuses every one of his teachings on the singular person of Jesus Christ.  He wants the light of Jesus Christ to shine on all the people he meets.  Jesus is the only thing he wants to teach.

Programs, procedures, and systems are all great. But they only work if we are always talking about Jesus Christ as we perform our tasks!

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