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<< Monday, June 16, 2003 >>
2 Corinthians 6:1-10
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Psalm 98 Matthew 5:38-42
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"In all that we do we strive to present ourselves as ministers of God." —2 Corinthians 6:4

I hope you have made the decision of a lifetime and have decided to live for Jesus and work for Him full-time. If you are a housewife, plumber, garbageman, teacher, elected official, etc., and are serving Jesus full-time, your life is truly worthwhile, challenging, and indescribably joyous. You live "with patient endurance amid trials, difficulties, distresses, beatings, imprisonments, and riots; as men familiar with hard work, sleepless nights, and fastings" (2 Cor 6:4-5). By the power of the Holy Spirit, you have "innocence, knowledge, and patience" (2 Cor 6:6), with "weapons of righteousness with right hand and left" (2 Cor 6:7), you are even privileged to be a threat to the devil.

In Jesus, you are living such a radically new life that your life transcends typical categories. You are dying to self and thereby fully alive (see 2 Cor 6:9). You rejoice always (Phil 4:4) simultaneously with suffering frequent sorrows (see 2 Cor 6:10). By the world's standards, you have nothing while in fact you possess everything (2 Cor 6:10), as Christ is your Treasure.

How glorious is our life in Jesus! One day in His service is better than a thousand elsewhere (see Ps 84:11). In joyful thanksgiving, serve and worship Jesus forever!

Prayer: Father, put a smile on my face and a joy in my heart forever.
Promise: "You have heard the commandment, 'An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.' But what I say to you is: offer no resistance to injury. When a person strikes you on the right cheek, turn and offer him the other." —Mt 5:38-39
Praise: Not until Janet lost her job did she realize what the Lord had planned for her life.
(For a related teaching, order our tape A Prophetic Life Style on audio AV 75-3 or video V-75.)
Nihil obstat: Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, December 29, 2002
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 31, 2002
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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