2 Corinthians 5:20-6:10
So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, “At an acceptable time I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation I have helped you.” See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation! We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see—we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
Food for Thought:
In this passage, the apostle Paul encourages the congregation at Corinth to continue on for the sake of the Lord. He reminds them of all the trials and tribulations that they have been through. Paul is the ultimate cheerleader in this passage. Keep it up team. You’re doing great. I am proud of you. Thinking back upon my spiritual life, there have always been cheerleaders along the way, those folks who encouraged me to continue in the faith, to be comfortable in the ambiguity of the faith, to question my faith, to be amazed by God. Think of some of your favorite cheerleaders of the faith and say a prayer of thanks for them.
O God, you delight not in pomp and show, but in a humble and contrite heart. Overturn our love of worldly possessions and fix our hearts more firmly on you, that, having nothing, we may yet possess everything, a treasure stored up for us in heaven. In your holy and precious name we pray, Amen.