Today’s Reading | 2 Corinthians 12
Response to Trouble
How do you know if true conversion has taken place in the life of someone who has made a profession of faith? How can you tell if it is really a work of God or if he is simply responding to the way you have presented the gospel? Paul helps us in today’s reading to answer these questions. He begins this book with the realization that this church responded to the power of the Holy Spirit, not to his words. He knows they are truly saved because he saw four characteristics in their lives. First, he saw that they were becoming imitators of Christ and were a people who walked with God. Second, they received the Word of God with joy and excitement. They wanted to attend church to learn what Scripture teaches. Third, their faith had become obvious to others because of the change demonstrated in their lives. Fourth, they had given up their former way of life and began serving the One True God. Paul used their daily lives as a measuring stick to determine whether or not they had turned to the true God. What changes have taken place in your life which demonstrate to others that God has worked? Is there evidence of salvation?
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?