Follower of One : Missions For The Rest Of Us
Mike Henry Sr.
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891 Not Peddling the Word of God - 2 Corinthians 2:17• 5 min
Do you think we are called to peddle Jesus? Are we peddlers? For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God's word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ. 2 Corinthians 2:17 ESV The biggest slam against Christians is hypocrisy. Do you feel like you have to "sell" someone into trusting Jesus? Paul here reminds the Corinthians that he is not a peddler of the word of God. He is sincere in what he says. He doesn't ask anyone to do something he hasn't. He's a walking testimonial. In fact, the challenge by Paul to the church is for us to live what we claim. A peddler is someone who sells something. I think the idea here is someone who is selling something they don't use, or don't really believe in. Paul seems to be giving a bit of a defense to the Corinthians, reminding them he's sincere in the way he lives and speaks. And our challenge to you today is to live our faith rather than trying to sell it. Really pray. Genuinely appreciate others. Serve from sincerity. Live in such a way that others ask, "Why are you doing this?" Then you can tell them with sincerity why you do what you do. Your sincerity becomes the proof. I don't think you get some trophy in Heaven for having the most conversions. But genuinely live and let God use your actions as he works in the lives of others. Please also consider being intentional of your practice. We currently have 2 groups doing Marketplace Mission Trips. Did you know you can lead your group, business or ministry on a Marketplace Mission Trip of your own? Simply send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. One of our team members will get back with you quickly. Our dream is that thousands of everyday Christ-followers would live a genuine faith. Imagine what it would be like if your whole church took a mission trip to their own workplace. Either drop us a line or head over to www.marketplacemissiontrip.com to learn more.
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