“For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man.” 2 Corinthians 8:21.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; 2 Corinthians 7-10.
Paul is writing about appropriate giving in this verse, but I believe that I can apply to how I live in general.
Having a job puts me into the public eye. I have a boss. I have students, of various ages, that I’m teaching to drive. I need to be sure that I am working in a way that pleases my boss.
However, I also have a higher Authority that I am striving to please. I must be actively pleasing God at work.
My experience has been that if I am pleasing God, then my boss is regularly pleased with the way I carry out my work assignments.
Both bosses (I’m including God) are positioned, however, to let me know when I’m messing up. I must be ready to take the criticism (and it has happened at work) and make the needed apologies and corrections.
Note at the beginning of the verse that Paul is “taking pains” to get things right. He’s not just rolling along. He’s alert to what God would have him do. He’s tuned in to the ways of the society he is mixing with. This is no part-time job!
I need to see that I must be full-time in seeking to please God/man this day. It is essential that I get that mix right. Obviously, I need all that help at it that He can give me.
“Lord, simple truth in today’s verse: I must get things right with You and right in the places I am today. I must rightly represent You most of all. Help me to discern Your Way this day. Open my eyes/ears to the way You see things in my midst. Please give me those divine assignments. I thank You for the one I had yesterday. I love You, Lord.”
God has a right way for me to live in this world. Will I seek His counsel and then follow what He tells me?