Daily Devotional – Tuesday June 5, 2007
2 Corinthians 6:3-7:1
Lord, bless me with understanding and clarity. Open me to your message and love.
Paul in this 2nd letter to the Christian Church of Corinth is very much the loving teacher. When writing he knows that he is being criticized for many reasons. He opens with bold statements defending his righteousness. He would not do or say anything that would allow fault to be found with his ministry. However Paul knew as we know that critics are all around and will not wait for us to provide the reasons for criticism.
This passage speaks to me of purity and cleanliness of spirit. He challenges directly the many areas where the critics are wrong in their criticism. In fact he claims his true condition is opposite to that described by his critics.
I have spent many years in my professional life doing employee performance appraisals. These are an important part of professional life but can also be very painful and difficult activities. It is the time when a person’s own perception of themselves is compared to the perception of another; usually their boss or Supervisor. A person’s sense of self worth is the basis of their own perception of their performance. If the boss's perception is something less this can be turned around to meaning the person is “worth less” than the employees own perception. This can be very painful and demoralizing. It demands great sensitivity and honesty to avoid real damage in the working relationship and defeats the purpose of the assessment.
Paul also speaks of restrictions placed on his readers. It is easy to assume that his critics were also saying that he was putting unnecessary restriction on them. He says that their restrictions come from within themselves and not from him. Again, in my professional life and when I worked with children in theater, I found that people limited them selves often because they thought they were not capable of something; and they were capable of it.
We are God’s children and he is in us. He has done all and is capable of all, therefore we are also capable of all if we trust in the lord and fully use the capabilities and talents that he has given us.
God bless us this day and every day and may God’s to-do list guide us today!
John Dickie, June 5, 2007