Sunday, September 6, 2015

2 Corinthians 4:15-16 -- On Overwhelming Good

"For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day."
2 Corinthians 4:15-16

So, this basically says, we do everything we can for you, in order to please God, and God, in turn, blesses us and keeps us going.  I love this idea... The whole circle of goodness.  We live and share the gospel and serve others, which leads to other people living and sharing the gospel and serving others, which leads to praising God, which leads to blessings, which leads to all of us living and sharing the gospel and praising God, which leads to more blessing, and on and on.  So often we instead get caught in circles of badness where we sin, and forget God, and lose spirituality, until we're in a death spiral.  But it doesn't have to be that way at all.  We can opt in to the life spiral instead, which I guess you could also call a tornado of peace.  It doesn't destroy... Just overwhelms you with goodness so much that you can't hold it in. :)  That's what life should be, and what it CAN be, with God.
Today, let's start working on pleasing God rather than pleasing ourselves.  Let's bless the lives of the people around us however we can.  Let's opt in to some life and peace and turn those self-inflicted catastrophes into Tsunamis of goodness, washing over us and filling us with the spirit... turning our vocabulary of disaster into a way to express the unutterable peace and goodness of God.

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