Today’s reading is, at least to me, one of the more informative passages in all the Bible. Listen to what we are told in 2 Corinthians 4: 1-4:
1 Therefore, since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2 We have renounced the shameful things that one hides; we refuse to practice cunning or to falsify God’s word; but by the open statement of the truth we commend ourselves to the conscience of everyone in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
It’s verse 4 that really illuminates things to me. It says this – the god of this world blinded the minds of unbelievers. Ok, here’s what is happening here. The text says that the god of this world has blinded the eyes of the unbelievers to the truth of the Gospel. The god of this world is the devil. Obviously, God is the God of all, but here is the thing. You don’t truly see or understand God until you believe in the Gospel.
And the devil has blinded the world where they don’t naturally believe in the Gospel. That’s why becoming a Christian is always a leap of faith. Sometimes it’s a huge leap, sometimes it’s a progression of smaller leaps. But becoming a Christian is something where we change and declare allegiance to God.
The devil doesn’t want that to happen. And he has allies in his fight. He has the world that we live in, that is fallen. So there is tragedy and death and sin and temptation all around us. And we have our own internal brokenness, that leads us down this road.
And only one thing truly changes all this. Belief. Faith. Faith in Jesus.
So, here is the question I have to ask you in all of this. Do you believe that Jesus make a difference in someone’s life? Do you believe that Jesus makes a difference?
Do you really? Do you really believe that Jesus changes things?
(Ask yourself that question right now)
And if you think that Jesus makes a difference and that Jesus changes things, can you really expect someone that doesn’t know Jesus to act like someone that does know Jesus? In other words, people that are not Christians are not going to act like Christians.
The god of this world has blinded them to the truth of the Gospel. Only Jesus opens our eyes. Only faith changes that.
Do not spend your time expecting non-believers to act like believers. They won’t. They will not act like believers until they come believers. If we expect them to act like Christians (when they are not) we will grow resentfully and bitter towards them.
Instead of doing the thing that we are called to do.
Apart from Jesus they cannot see. We can’t see. Does Jesus make a difference? If so, we simply cannot expect those that don’t know Jesus to act like those that do.
So what do we do? We love. We don’t grow bitter. We love. Because if we love them, like Jesus does, we can point them to Him. And then, He makes the difference.