2 Corinthians 3:1-6
Are we making it sound as if we think we are so important? Other people write letters about themselves. Do we need to write such a letter to you? 2 You are our letter. You are written in our hearts. You are known and read by all men. 3 You are as a letter from Christ written by us. You are not written as other letters are written with ink, or on pieces of stone. You are written in human hearts by the Spirit of the living God. 4 We can say these things because of our faith in God through Christ. 5 We know we are not able in ourselves to do any of this work. God makes us able to do these things. 6 God is the One Who made us preachers of a New Way of Worship. This New Way of Worship is not of the Law. It is of the Holy Spirit. The Law brings death, but the Holy Spirit gives life.
Hebrews 10: 38-29
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. . .39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.
CONFIDENCE in the NEXT STEP
In my reading of the letters of the apostle Paul i often observe that Paul knew how to strip away the fears and insecurities of life experiences and see the essentials. If you remember our devotionals on the Book of Acts, Paul visited some incredible places, and had some remarkable adventures on his missionary journeys. I am quite sure that very little could surprise him by the end of his lifetime.
He wrote to the Corinthian church that even in his vast experience, nothing kept him going forward except God's calling. “We know we are not able in ourselves to do any of this work. God makes us able to do these things. God is the One Who made us preachers of a New Way of Worship.” (2 Corinthians 5-6) The confidence to carry out his mission came from knowing who sent him and who directed his steps. He had seen God work, and knew that the God would provide everything necessary, including the confidence to walk forward. Like we read above in Hebrews the Apostle Paul did not “belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.”
I believe that God's plans for us do not include dead ends, but rather more opportunities. I think I’ll write that again; I believe that God's plans for us do not include dead ends, but rather more opportunities. When we believe this, practical changes happen. We do not "shrink back," but step out in faith, in confidence.
This stepping out in faith has implications for our personal lives. How does this stepping out apply in your job situation? In your family? Even in your leisure time?
This stepping out also has implications for our life as a community of Jesus, for us at Ambassador. How do we apply these words to our lives as a community? “We know we are not able in ourselves to do any of this work. God makes us able to do these things.” I pray that like the Apostle Paul, we will find our confidence to carry out the building of God’s Kingdom mission from knowing who sends us, and who directs our steps.
Your pleasant path leads me to pleasant places. I’m overwhelmed by the privileges that come with following you, for you have given me the best! The way you counsel and correct me makes me praise you more, for your whispers in the night give me wisdom, showing me what to do next. Because you are close to me and always available, my confidence will never be shaken, for I experience your wrap-around presence every moment. My heart and soul explode with joy—full of glory! Even my body will rest confident and secure. Amen
(Psalm 16:6-9 – The Passion Translation).