In today’s reading, the apostle Paul outlines some tenets of trust for all who believe in Jesus Christ.
Am I confident in the Lord, no longer clinging to this earthly life (v. 6)? At some point in the Christian life, we long for heaven.
Do I choose to live by faith and not by sight (v. 7)? The Holy Spirit gives the believer an inward certainty, conviction, and assurance of God’s trustworthiness.
Is my primary aim in life to please God (v. 9)? Those who trust in God make it their life goal and passion to be holy and pleasing to God.
Am I preparing to stand before the judgment seat of Christ (v. 10)? We will surely stand there.
Am I actively persuading others with the gospel message (v. 11)? Those who trust God look for ways to engage others in gospel conversations.
Do I understand and affirm that through Jesus’ death on the cross, my allegiance is to Christ (vv. 13-14)?
Have I died to self (vv. 15-16), seeing all persons through the eyes of Christ? The Christian believer looks at others through the eyes and heart of Jesus Christ.
Am I living my life as a new creation in the reconciling love of God (v. 17)?
The life and death of Jesus has ushered us into a new way of being and living. “There is a new creation”—and we are part of it!

Loving God, give us the undying desire to surrender all we are into a trusting relationship with you. May we live out our lives as new creations. Amen.

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Read Mark 4:26-34

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Lectionary Week
June 11–17, 2018
Scripture Overview

From a human perspective, we tend to judge people by appearances: how attractive they are, how wealthy they seem to be. God’s standard, however, is not outward appearance but the attitude of the heart. David was the youngest brother in his family, yet God knew his mighty heart and chose him as the next king of Israel. The psalmist declares that God gives victory to those who put their trust in God, not in the outward appearance of might. Jesus reinforces this truth with the parable of the mustard seed. Though the seed appears small, it grows into a robust plant. Paul tells the Corinthians that we should no longer judge people by what we see on the outside, for God changes what really matters—what is on the inside.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

• Read 1 Samuel 15:34–16:13. What clear guidance has the Lord given you regarding an area of obedience in your life?
• Read Psalm 20. How has the Lord answered you when you called out during a critical moment in time?
• Read Mark 4:26-34. What prevents you from trusting God to use your testimony to lead others to Jesus Christ?
• Read 2 Corinthians 5:6-17. How does your trust in and obedience to God affect your personal conduct and your attitude toward others?

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I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.” 

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