Meditation Monday is where I share my thoughts and reflections from the sermons at my home church, Watson Chapel Baptist Church, Pastor Todd Howard. (Watson Chapel Baptist Church Podcast)
During the introduction of the sermon Pastor Todd shared about an Olympic race the Greeks had where the goal was to finish the race with the torch lit. In this conclusion to the Corinthian Church, Paul is exhorting the Corinthians to finish the race with the torch lit.
As believers we live in an already/but not yet world. A believer’s salvation is secure, as God’s grace sustains us to the end, yet at the same time we are admonished to endure to the end (2 Tim 2:12). Our salvation is complete but will not be completed until Christ comes back. A believer is a victor over sin and yet at the same time struggles with the sinful flesh. Believers live in an already/but not yet world and because the Apostle Paul knows and understands this he exhorts the Corinthian church in his farewell with some important and key commands.
Finally, brothers,rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you. (2 Cor 13:11-13)
The two commands that jumped off the page to me as I was listening to the sermon are be joyful and aim for restoration. Paul tells the Corinthians to rejoice and is telling us to rejoice as Christ’s church. Among the fellowship of believers, it is so exciting to see God’s people living joyful, no matter the circumstance. Joyful believers is an attractive quality in a church and believers have more to be joyful about than anybody. Living in this world can get some one down in the dumps quick but a believer must remember that we are passing through this world, this world is not our final destination. Our focus must be on the goal, the prize, to live and enjoy the presence of God forever.
“The wheels of your life can be coming off but if you are a believer, you have every reason to be joyful.” T. Howard
The next exhortation to jump off the page is aim for restoration. Restoration means bring together, to be made complete. Continually we need to be restored or resynced because of the fallen world we live. This restoration is on two levels, the first is to sync and resync with God by the power of His Spirit through the Word. We stay in sync with the Lord through prayer, reading, meditating and obeying his Word. This is crucial, especially if we are to aim for restoration with eachother.
One our tasks as the church, is you working on you, dealing with your sin issues and being restored. Todd Howard
The second level we aim for restoration is with eachother, our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Disagreements, fights and quarrels happen, we can’t ignore that fact, but they shouldn’t linger in the body of Christ. If we as believers have restoration on our minds, whether we are the offender or the person being offended, restoration always comes. The problem comes when one or both parties lose sight of Paul’s command to aim for restoration.
May God help us be joyful maturing believers.
Until Next Time
Soli Deo Gloria