Perishing to Prosper


I have been dwelling on a thought prompted by the words of 2 Corinthians 4:11 recently: “11 For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.”  Much of today’s preaching (term used loosely here) centers around the concept of “what is in it for me” as a way of declaring that the Gospel somehow brings one to prosperity in life.  Yet there are several instances in the Bible suggesting that embracing the Gospel means that we become willing to “perish to prosper”.  In other words, as the Apostle Paul writes in the subject verse, as we follow Christ in our lives we often are “delivered to death for Jesus’ sake”.  Now in modern America we may not literally become martyrs for Christ.  Yet the concept may be more close at hand than many realize.  What if the suffering and calamity that we encounter as believer’s is actually a means by which God intends us to reflect the life and attitude of Christ to others so that they may come to know Him?  What if God’s way of making us prosper in the Kingdom is through perishing in life?  Just a thought.  I welcome your comments and feedback.

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~ by brotherfaron on November 2, 2010.

One Response to “Perishing to Prosper”

  1. I never knew how anyone could praise God in all things. Now I see He is good in all things. How can so much good come out of something as horrendous as losing a big part of me? Perish to prosper? Paul said he died to live.

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