May 25, 2022·Maureen Mejia
2 Corinthians 6:8-10
I don’t know where you are in life, but at this point in mine, in my thirties, there is a lot that has become clear that I just could not comprehend at a younger age. It’s exactly as they say, “you’ll understand when you’re older.” Over this last season, I’ve gained a lot of clarity on what we put value in and how that dictates the way in which we live our lives. In American culture, “climbing the ladder” and having many possessions are often used as the measuring stick by which we determine success. So much so, that we set aside family and personal health for the cause of our careers and earnings. And believe me, I‘m not saying having a career or earning a lot of money are inherently bad, but often we can pursue those things because we think it’s what we’re supposed to do, without asking God what HE wants us to do.
“For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?”
Let’s not forget that while we must work incredibly hard to earn what we are told we should want, the Lord offers us everything we need, and we don’t have to earn it! But this doesn’t mean it won’t cost us anything either! Paul understood this when writing to the church in Corinth about their ministry.
2 Corinthians 6:8-10 reads:
“We are treated as imposters and yet are true, as unknown and yet well known; as dying and behold we live; as punished and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.”
I can only imagine how confusing it was to read that and even more so to come to understand it. But here and in the rest of the chapter, Paul is trying to get the Church to stop looking at things the way they seemingly are, and start to look at things with spiritual or Kingdom-focused eyes.
Standing firm in the Holy Spirit and with the power of God when things get hard. Not losing ourselves to gain, but trusting that even when we “have nothing,” we possess everything!
Pastor Maureen Mejia