Yesterday, on our way back to Santiago, Griffin, a guy I’ve been working with in Los Andes, and I talked about a ton of stuff, including what it means to be set apart from the world and the idea of being witnesses to those around us- through our actions and the activities we do. It’s always been a tough subject for many Christians (me included), because what may seem black and white for some people is all gray for others or a mixture of the two.
This morning as I read 2 Corinthians 6, God really convicted me of a couple of things that I wanted to share with y’all concerning these topics. Paul, I feel, made it pretty clear in 2 Corinthians 6 what it means to be a Christian in this world. We are to not put any obstacle in our lives that would cause our ministry to falter (v. 6). We are to live, as my dad likes to call it, above reproach. And our testimony, the way we live our lives and the way we commend (or introduce) ourselves to those around us should clearly show that we are different from them (v. 4-10). We should show endurance in times of hardship and suffering, the Fruit of the Spirit in every area of our life, love that is true and genuine, truthful speech, and so much more. Our reactions to things in our life, like being treated as impostors, being unknown, living in death, when punished, when sorrowful, being poor and having nothing, should be so different from those of the world that the attitude and thoughts of Christ are seen in us.
In the previous chapter, Paul said we are ambassadors for Christ, which means we are representing Christ here in the world. As His ambassadors, we are doing His work, which is taking the message of the Lord to the ends of the earth and praying that they may be reconciled to Him. So we must act in such a manner that this purpose is accomplished and fulfilled.
Our ultimate goal and purpose by being his ambassadors is that God may be glorified. We believe, so we speak of His grace, mercy and judgement to the people around us. And so as His grace towards His creation extends, more and more people may come together to bring thanksgiving and glory to His name.