Today’s Reading: 2 Corinthians 6-7
Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 6:2b, 7:1
Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation…Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
“Now!” The present is always the time to do business with God. Like interest on unpaid bills, it will cost more to procrastinate in confessing sin with true repentance. John the Baptist, Jesus, and Peter all began their public ministry with a call to repent. Our reading today gives the very best definition of “repentance” (7:9, 10, & 11). Just as the Corinthian believers refreshed the spirit of Titus, let’s do our best to refresh our pastor’s spirit, along with the spirits of church administrators and missionaries. We could jump ahead and read Paul’s letter to Titus. There is much wisdom in the little book of Titus. How do we do all things well? How do we make sure that we give no offense and that our ministry is not blamed?
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, You have called me again today to repent. Your Word is true north. It points to You without fail. It is my compass. Like a pilot or a ship’s captain, may I constantly make corrections in the direction I take in life. Grant me the grace to be diligent. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I received a letter from the former pastor of Compass Point Church. “Compass Point” has a magnificent building next door to the Crossroads Centre in Burlington, Ontario. The real Church is the people. Over the years my spirit has been refreshed again and again by the pastor and people of this great congregation. When I first became a believer at 16, I was asked to share a personal testimony in the High School auditorium at a Youth for Christ rally. My part-time boss at the local Chrysler dealership said, “David, you can never go wrong quoting Scripture,” and suggested Titus 3:5a. I remember paraphrasing that verse in a personal way: “This is my testimony, ‘Not by works of righteousness that I have done, but according to His mercy, He saved me.’”