by Rev Jason Phua
Bible Readings: 2 Corinthians 12:11-21; Psalm 56:1-13
READ (Verses chosen for reflection)
2 Corinthians 12:21 “I fear that when I come again my God may humble me before you, and I may have to mourn over many of those who sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual immorality, and sensuality that they have practiced.”
Sometimes, our fears and concerns reflect the nature of our love for others. In 2 Corinthians 12, Paul expressed that if he had the opportunity to go back to Corinth; he feared that he might find many of them going back to their sinful ways. His utmost concern for the Christians in Corinth is not whether they have established the latest discipleship program; or whether they have organised the biggest Christmas service of the year. Rather, his utmost concern was of the state of their souls; and his own as well. In many of Paul’s letters to the churches and individuals, we can see that this is his utmost concern: whether or not people are growing in Jesus.
In this day and age, we seldom hear of friends in the faith asking about the state of our souls. Rather, we are often queried about what we do and how we are doing in the works of ministry. It is as if the works of ministry is a “safer” topic to speak on; rather than perhaps the “awkward” query: “How are you doing in the Lord, my friend?” or even “Are you well with your soul?” Or we could be spending so much time discussing about the works of ministry that we assumed that everyone is just doing well in our souls. I am afraid that would be a rather big assumption. My guess is that many of us would from time to time, need a letter from the likes of the Apostle Paul – “Oh that I fear that I may find you going back your old ways!”
Lord, may you help us to be of concern for things that truly matters. Help us to be a true spiritual friend to one another and keep us humble to receive such queries or feedback from others. Amen.