Friday, April 28, 2017
Key Bible Verse: And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. (2 Corinthians 5:15, NIV)
Dig Deeper: 2 Corinthians 5:11-21
When the missionaries of other religions are ready to die for their cause, so often they prefer to take others out with them. But Christians are willing to die in order that others might live. And we know that dying is serious business. Dying is a way we show that our lives are not the most precious thing to us. Jesus and making him known are the most precious things to us.
This is why dying is okay. We don’t think it is we who make a difference, but God. Nowhere is this more evident than in what Christians believe is actually the power to transform people: not Christians, but Christ. The Christian mission, then, is not really to change hearts—because we can’t do that anyway—but instead to share the good news of Jesus. It is the good news of Jesus that actually changes hearts.
Logically speaking, it shouldn’t work. It makes no earthly sense. It is not lofty wisdom and it is not a miraculous sign, as far as signs are expected to go. It’s really just a message, an announcement. When you break it down—you know, information-wise—it’s really simply a historical anecdote.
See, while some seek to persuade by barbarism or bribery by marauding or manipulation, we’ve got a message.
– Jared C. Wilson in Unparalleled
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