2 Corinthians 6:1-2 (NIV)
As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says,
“In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.”
I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
Paul is reminding us here that we are partners with God in this business of saving others. Now is the time of salvation. Now is the time of favor. And it’s only by God’s grace that this happens. So we are called to love people, serve them, and help them find Jesus through the Gospel.
Then it says in verse 3…
We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited.
And the Message version puts it this way…
Don’t put it off; don’t frustrate God’s work by showing up late, throwing a question mark over everything we’re doing.
Basically, what Paul is saying is this: We have the privilege of sharing in God’s work on this earth and we need to realize that and embrace that because if we don’t, we could hinder what God could do in others.
Don’t put it off. Don’t neglect the work God has placed in front of you because you are scared or tired or busy. Don’t frustrate God’s work by showing up late. Don’t slow down the process of salvation for others because you place your own agenda in front of God’s agenda. And don’t question everything that is or isn’t being done to try to reach more people. People are always going to have opinions and say things that could distract you from what God is trying to do.
But we are not servants of man. We are not pleasers of people. We are servants of God and are found in him and used by him.
2 Corinthians 6:4-10 (NIV)
Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; 5 in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; 6 in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; 7 in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; 8 through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; 9 known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on;beaten, and yet not killed; 10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
Our service for God is validated in the details of every situation. Whether it’s easy or hard, good or bad, threatening or safe, genuine or fake.
We have all that we need to do what God wants us to do, right where he has put us.