2 Corinthians 6: Soap and Grace
This Week’s Scripture:
“And working together with Him,
we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain—”
“Here, Ruby wanted me to bring this to you.” I took the little brown box from my husband, opened it, and let the contents slide onto my hand. My quizzical smile was met with his shrug. We turned it this way and another way …
“Is it to hold our razors?” I tried to hanging a straight razor on it.
“I don’t think so,” commented Tom as the razor slid sideways.
After a few more failed guesses, we set it aside. The gift had been given and received but to what purpose? One gift we never want to receive in vain is God’s grace.
The apostle Paul wrote about all the good things we receive by grace through faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ—new life, purpose, aim, work. You can check it out in 2 Corinthians 5 and in my blog, “A New Wardrobe”. Paul urges the Corinthians to use the gracious gifts of God for their intended purpose—that we might give—
“no cause for offense in anything,
so that the ministry will not be discredited,
but in everything commending ourselves as servants of God …”
(verses 3 & 4) NASB
In case you’re wondering, we asked Ruby about the gift’s purpose. “It’s a soap dish that sits on the wall or tub with the attached suction cup. See, ” she explained, “its design lets the water drain off the dish so the soap doesn’t get soft.” It works great and is being used for the purpose it was created.
For Thought: For what purpose has God’s gracious gift been given to you? How are you using it for the purpose it was given?
Our Prayer: Heavenly Father, as we begin another day, may we remember the grace you have given us in the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. May we live it out as we give ourselves to working with Him in the ministry of the gospel. That we bear much fruit to your glory.