If we’re to have a proper understanding of people, we must have a proper understanding of Christ.
Those who have any church experience whatsoever are likely aware of evangelism. Whether we engage in evangelism or not is a different story. Even still, if a preacher encourages us to share the gospel with people, we probably know what he means. But here’s the thing: unless there’s a right understanding of who Christ is, evangelism won’t happen. If we don’t know who Christ is, how are we supposed to make Him known?
In 2 Corinthians 5, the apostle Paul is homesick. He longs for the day when “… what is mortal may be swallowed up by life” (v. 4 ESV). Yet, he walks by faith, striving to please God. Paul sets his hope on Christ. And we’re called to do the same. After all, “… we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body” (v. 10 ESV).
Last week, I wrote on 2 Corinthians 5:1-7 where the apostle Paul talks about our heavenly home. He ends the passage by saying, “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (v. 7 ESV). This week, I want to continue Paul’s train of thought by focusing on verses 8-10.
The life God calls us to live doesn’t make sense from a human perspective. His ways aren’t our ways; His thoughts aren’t our thoughts (see Isa. 55:8-9). And seeing the example of Jesus in the Gospels, the countercultural ways of God become even more clear. This is a God who challenges our perceptions and wrecks our plans.
I’m slowly coming to terms with the realities of adulthood. In the past year, I’ve found myself paying for things like a cell phone and car insurance. And in four months, I’ll be getting married. Which means I’ll soon be paying for a home, electricity, water/sewer, and—well, you get it.