It is love, not knowledge, that forms the basis of Christianity. Paul wrote letters to the church at Corinth to emphasize this point and lead the Corinthians back into right relationship with God and others. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
2 Corinthians 5:16-6:2
16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
6:1 Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2 For he says,
“In a favorable time I listened to you,
Get in the Game NOW! | Becky Newman
2 Corinthians 6:1, 2b
Paul is continuing his cheerleading encouragement to the Corinthians team. He uses the word “co-workers” to rally the team to the goal. In a basketball game, the purpose is to score a basket, but as co-workers on God’s team, the goal is to win hearts for salvation. If we are taking God’s grace for granted, we will not be focused on the goal. We will not cherish the miraculous loving gift of our Good Father, and we will not spread the message of salvation to a world urgently in need.
Here’s that word “co-workers” again. I journaled about it just a month ago from 1 Corinthians 3:9 – “For we are co-workers in God’s service.” We can make the choice as co-workers and teammates to focus on and work for the goal, or not. I’ve been coaching a lot of elementary-age basketball lately. Sometimes, it’s just hard for those kids to choose to be in the game and be focused on the goal. Paul and the Holy Spirit are kind of like me on the sideline yelling, “NOW! Get in the game NOW!” Now’s the time, and there is urgency in getting this message out.
Lord, may I choose to be in the game; may I not take any of it for granted but be a good co-worker and teammate focused on the goal — to win hearts for the Kingdom, to make disciples of all the nations.
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