REFLECTIONS FOR LIFE
2 Corinthians Series: PERFECTION IN WEAKNESS
2 Corinthians 2:12-17
Pastor Joe Son
October 11, 2020
When you read that we are to live as captive slaves of Christ, how does that make you feel? Why do you feel that way?
What does it look like for you in your everyday life, to give lordship to Jesus Christ?
Who are the people around you who need to know about Jesus Christ, about the gospel?
What are the ways you can be an aroma of Christ to them?
Today we want to think about our identity and role as Christians. In our passage today, Paul uses two striking metaphors to describe who we are in Jesus. We are captive slaves of Christ and we are his aroma. These two illustrations essentially teach us what it means to be a believer and follower of Christ. As those who have been enlightened to the amazing grace that we have received through the cross of Jesus Christ, we live our lives not for our own agendas and will, but for the purpose of making Christ known to all those around us. We are slaves that point out the victory of Christ, and we are the aroma that point to the beauty of Christ. The first century Christians in Corinth were missing the point of what it means to be followers of Christ; thinking only of benefiting from their faith, whether it was spiritually, socially, economically, emotionally etc. And they didn’t understand why Paul was living the way he did for the Gospel. I pray that the Word teaches today, that being a Christian, means that we live not for ourselves but for Jesus. I pray that we die to ourselves more and more each day, so that Christ can receive all the praise, worship, and glory through our lives. I pray others would see Christ through our lives so that they too can have eternal life. And I pray that as we live out our identity and role in this world, we do it with thanks giving and joy before God, as Paul did.
We pray that this exercise will strengthen your relationship with the Lord as you draw near with confidence.