In the Marketplace
When we’re reading the book of 1 Corinthians, it’s important to remember that Paul worked as a tent maker while he was spreading the gospel in the city of Corinth (Acts 18:1-4). He supported himself by working with his hands, while he also taught others about Jesus. In the book of 2 Corinthians, Paul says this about his time in Corinth: “Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity and godly sincerity. We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom but on God’s grace,” (2 Corinthians 1:12, NIV).
Paul recognized how important it was to conduct himself in a way that was attractive to outsiders. It’s important for us to remember this as well when we come into contact with those who are not believers whether it’s in our community or in our workplace. It’s an opportunity to connect with others who we can then connect with Jesus. Let me give us all something to think about this week—if someone formed their opinion of what a Christian is solely on their interaction with us, what would they think it means to be a Christian? How would they think a Christian thinks and speaks? How would they think a Christian treats others? It’s worth considering that we are proclaiming Christ in our daily lives.
Remember that we are now on our Summer schedule on Sundays, meeting at 9am.
Praying for you all today. May God bless you richly,
Scriptures next Sunday:
1 Corinthians 2:6-16—What are things that we understand differently as Christians?
Job 12—What does Job here say about God’s wisdom?
Psalm 19—What can we learn about God from looking at creation?
John 16:12-15—How does the Spirit of God reveal God’s truth to his people?