Focal passage: 2 Corinthians 3:4-12
Several years ago, I was encouraged to make a timeline of my life. I was to choose 20 of the most impactful events in my life, highs and lows, and number them from one to 10 based on the level of impact they had on me. I was to look through the timeline for a theme God might be writing in my life.
The theme I identified was redeeming hope.
Repeatedly my Savior had redeemed my lowest of lows, and in the waiting time, He had given me experiences that filled me with great hope.
Before long, my timeline went back into my desk drawer, long forgotten. It wasn’t until I came across many people with experiences similar to mine that I pulled the dusty page out again. These people had one thing in common: they were looking for hope and redemption.
As followers of Christ, we’re equipped with the Holy Spirit and our testimonies to minister about the wonders of God’s love.
“And we have such trust through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient … but our sufficiency is from God, who made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit …” (2 Corinthians 3:4-6). We can trust that through Jesus we have all we need to serve God.
Further into this chapter of Corinthians, Paul compares the law of the Ten Commandments to the fulfillment of the law through the Jesus’ righteousness. Our attempts to live under the law are futile, holding out temporarily before we inevitably sin.
However, God has called us to live through Jesus’ righteousness alone, the glory of which will last into eternity. This is how we serve our Lord and minister to the world.
We have the hope of redemption that the broken world around us longs for. “Therefore, since we have such a hope, we use great boldness of speech …” (2 Corinthians 3:12). Let us minister. Let us be bold.