“It’s no light thing to know that we’ll all one day stand in that place of judgment. That’s why we work urgently with everyone we meet to get them ready to face God. God alone knows how well we do this, but I hope you realize how much and deeply we care”.

2 Cor 5:11 EHP

You need to know what you’re about. Especially if you’re under fire from critics who don’t really understand what you’re doing or sympathize with it. That is the position in which Paul found himself. He was hammering out a position to help and inform the Corinthian Christians and defending himself against the false teachers there at the same time.

He was called by God to do this apostolic ministry of preaching Christ, and he had, along the way, to work out the principles of Christian belief. There were no creeds to help new Christians to believe. Paul was developing his thoughts on life and death as he went along. And Christ, his cross and resurrection, had to be the foundation of all that Christians believed and taught, and lived by.

Paul could be strong in the face of criticism because he knew Christ. And he knew that Christ was his Lord, not just his “nice friend”, and that Christ had given him a task to perform, and that was to warn, to advise and to inform believers about the life upon which they were engaged.

Be as confident of Christ and his lordship as Paul was. Be sure of your calling as “a long obedience in the same direction” and of any particular role, service or ministry in which he has placed you. And be ready to commend him to others in confidence and strength.


Lord, help me to be confident of your command and your love.


Lord, I pray for the research scientists who are employed in the search for vaccines that will enable the authorities to control the spread of the Covid-19 disease. Encourage them to keep on even when they feel exhausted by their own efforts. Crown their endeavours with eventual success and healing. I ask it in Jesus Christ’s name. AMEN

I.B.R.A. Readings

Matthew 7:21–23