Today's Lectionary Text
2 Corinthians 5:6-15So, we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So, whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil.
Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade others; but we ourselves are well known to God, and I hope that we are also well known to your consciences. We are not commending ourselves to you again, but giving you an opportunity to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast in outward appearance and not in the heart. For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore, all have died. And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them.
This passage of scripture gave me a surprise flashback to a childhood memory. My grandmother was a retired church secretary who would fill in for the current secretary when she took vacation. I would spend time with her over the summers and often we would end up spending time at the church.
The phrase “for we walk by faith, not by sight,” drums up a particularly vivid memory.
The church was getting an elevator installed that summer. It was a big deal. My grandmother was working in the church office that week and we got to be the first people to ride the new elevator! (It was very exciting, I promise.) I remember waiting for those silver doors to open and placing my foot in the air to step in only to see that the elevator shaft was open, and the elevator hadn’t arrived. An alert adult pulled me back by my arm to keep me from falling in.
I’d been in plenty of elevators by this point in my life and when those doors opened there was always an elevator waiting for me. Experience told me the elevator always came when it was called by pressing that little button. I had faith that when those doors opened the elevator would be waiting for me. For the first time it didn’t.
How lucky we are that we don’t have to see our Heavenly Father to believe he is there. We can share our experiences with others and share our faith, we can be the people to pull others back from the brink. Because He gave his only son, we can walk out into the world with the faith that he will be there with us, and when necessary, pulling us back from the dark elevator shafts of life.
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Prayer for Reflection
Heavenly Father, we don’t always do a great job of walking by faith. Too often we want to see what is coming so we can be prepared. Prepare our hearts to look to you first and give us wisdom to accept your direction.
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