|Good Morning Everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “You have been set free”
Our Bible verse for today: “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Let them see it in your life.”
In the passage from 2 Corinthians that we’re looking at this morning, beginning in chapter two and extending throughout chapter three, the Apostle Paul was in the middle of a discourse about what it means to be “ministers of the new covenant”. He was using his own ministry as an example but what he described should be true of all of us.
In the passage, Paul explained that as we make our way through our days people should sense the “fragrance” of the knowledge of Jesus from us (2:14); they should be able to read us as if we are a letter to them from Jesus Himself (3:3); and while Moses covered his face with a veil after he came from meeting with God to hide the fact that the glory of the Lord through him was temporary and soon faded away, the glory of Christ should shine through us continuously and not only should we not conceal it, we should be intentional about letting it shine through us (3:12-18).
Then, in 3:17, we read that the presence of the Lord is meant to bring freedom – just as Jesus declared in Luke 4:18, “I have come to set the captives free”, and we remember that the presence of the Lord is meant to set people free in all the ways we’ve been considering this month.
Taking all of this together, we realize that what Paul meant in 2 Corinthians 3:17 is that we must let people see the glory of the Spirit of God at work in our lives, and they should see the freedom we have because of it. Don’t hide it behind a veil like Moses did. Don’t be silent about Jesus or inactive for the cause of Christ. Show them Jesus by what you do and tell them about Jesus with your words.
If you have been set free by Jesus; if the Holy Spirit of God is at work in you and through you; if the fruit of the Spirit describes your character; I encourage you to let people see it in your life today.
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