The Bible Speaks
“whose minds the god of this age has blinded…” 2 Corinthians 4:4a
Probably the biggest lie that most of us have believed is that “you have to look out for number one.” We criticize those who “only care about themselves” and yet we defend ourselves whenever we do what is best for our own life regardless of the consequences to others. The god of this age, who is not the Lord God Almighty, has blinded us to think that life is about us and our own happiness. As Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 4, nothing could be further from the truth.
If you take time to read this chapter in 2nd Corinthians, you will find that the Apostle found great joy and fulfillment in life in dying, not “living.” The more of himself he gave away to Christ and to others, the more alive he became. The more he suffered for the cause of Christ, the more he truly lived. Paul learned what every Christian ought to learn: it is not about us, it’s about Him. Someone else said it this way: Joy is spelled Jesus first; Others second and Yourself last.
There are several paradoxes in this glorious faith which need to be reviewed from time to time. Always remember that it is in giving that you will receive; in believing that you will see; in focusing on heaven that you will do the most earthly good and in seeking others happiness that you will find your own. Those who humble themselves are exalted and those who are last that shall be first. Those who pour out their lives for others are the ones into whom Christ pours His life. In short, it is in dying that you will live.
Nothing runs so contrary to what the god of this age is telling us but the gospel of Jesus Christ. Little wonder that so many have refused to accept it. Self denial will never be popular and self sacrifice will always be shunned by most. These biblical virtues, and many more like them, will never be mainstream. The god of this age will see to that.
The Bible speaks of a blindness to its truths that pervades this world and keeps many from embracing its live giving doctrines. Dear reader, don’t think you are immune to this darkness. Saturate your mind with the Word of God; be a daily Bible reader and continue to let the light of Scriptures illuminate your soul. Jesus said “the Light has come … but men loved darkness rather than light.” The natural bent of man is to become comfortable in the darkness. Don’t do that. Open the Word and stay uncomfortable in the light. It is the only way to truly live.
The Rev. Bruce MacInnes is pastor of Turner’s Chapel.