Thought For Today
II Corinthians 4:1 THEREFORE seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
II Corinthians 4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
The Apostle Paul was speaking here to the church at Corinth using himself and Timothy as an example. Every person that gives their heart to God and begins a new life, also recieves a ministry for the Lord. That's right, every true christian has a ministry for God. Every christian is called into the ministry of witnessing. Romans 10:11 For the scripture saith, WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH ON HIM SHALL NOT BE ASHAMED. When we are proud of something, or someone we talk about it! If your son or daughter made the dean's list at college you would tell people about it, you would be a witness for their achievement! The same is true with God, we should be proud of our God and we all should be a witness for his great achievements!! (as we have recieved mercy) For when we recieve Christ into our lives we recieve mercy from God the Father, because he mercifully forgives us our trespasses, and transgressions, our sins are washed away never to be remembered! (we faint not;) We should stand in the word of God not allowing the problems of the world, or the troubles of our daily lives to cause us to stray from the word. We are not to compromise the word of God for any reason, we are to faint not!
In II Corinthians 4:2 Paul is uplifting an honest, and good lifestyle. (But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty,) We are to not have any dealings with any form of dishonesty, if something is not truthful, or honest, if there is any reason for hiding something from others then there is something dishonest about it! If you are doing something that you don't want your brother's and sister's in Christ to know about because you feel it is wrong, guess what, it is wrong! You are being dishonest! (not walking in craftiness,) Do not be sneaky, or underhanded about anything, do not attempt to deceive others, be open and honest. (nor handling the word of God deceitfully;) Do not use the word of God to deceive anyone, speak the truth of the word, don't twist the word of God around to make it say what you want it to say, many can be deceived by those that use the word deceitfully! If you are not sure what a scripture means, ask God to reveal it to you, he will when you need to know what it means. Don't guess, your guess may be wrong and then you could possibly deceive someone with the word of God! If it's a matter of not understanding the meaning of the words get a dictionary, don't guess, or assume about the meaning. ( but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.) By the reality, or understanding of the truth we reccomend, or qualify ourselves to every man's knowledge of right and wrong in the sight of God. This is to say that we should do as the scriptures above say to do, and that we should know we are right about our ministry, there should be no question as to it being right or wrong. If what you are doing is helping others, or producing fruit so to say in the kingdom of God then your ministry is ordained of God and it will prosper. However if your ministry is barren, or is not helping, or producing positive results then it is man-made and you need to get in touch with God about what your ministry is to be! God will tell you if you really want to know. But, remember each of us has a ministry to witness for God, and some have many ministries to perform for God. The more faithful you are to what God asks you to do, the more he will use you to further his kingdom!