Being a Role Model of Biblical Christianity
Category : General
2 Corinthians 6: 3 (KJV)
3Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:
Hillyer has a quotation which catches the background of Paul’s thought in this place. “There are people who will be glad of an excuse not to listen to the gospel or to take it seriously, and they will look for such an excuse in the conduct of its ministers.”
The phrase, “the ministry,” refers here not merely to the ministry of Paul, that is, it does not mean merely that he would be subject to blame and reproach, but that the ministry itself which the Lord Jesus had established would be blamed, or would be reproached by the improper conduct of anyone who was engaged in that work. The idea is, that the misconduct of one minister of the gospel would bring a reproach upon the profession itself, and would prevent the usefulness and success of others, just as the misconduct of a physician exposes the whole profession to reproach, or the bad conduct of a lawyer reflects itself in some degree on the entire profession. And it is so everywhere. The errors, follies, misconduct, or bad example of one minister of the gospel brings a reproach upon the sacred calling itself, and prevents the usefulness of many others.
It is a very important thing that we have an awareness of what we look like to others, and that we are careful not to allow anything in our lives to turn someone off from becoming a Christian. Paul lived continually with that objective in view, so that he says, “no fault may be found with our ministry.” We the ministers of God, 2 Corinthians 6:1. The word rendered “offence” means, properly, stumbling; then offence, or cause of offence, a falling into sin. The meaning here is, “giving no occasion for contemning or rejecting the gospel;” and the idea of Paul is, that he and his fellow-apostles so labored as that no one who saw or knew them, should have occasion to reproach the ministry, or the religion which they preached; but so that in their pure and self-denying lives, the strongest argument should be seen for embracing.
Moreover, Christian ministers, and Christians in general, are workers or laborers; their ministry is a work, and a very labor intensive one, but none of them, of themselves, have strength equal to the task. It is an honorable work that requires faithfulness and diligence, and those who perform it as it should be done deserve respect. These ministers do not work alone, but according to what is written here, they are “workers together with Him”; meaning either God or Christ; not on a par with Him, but as subordinate to Him: He is the chief shepherd, they under-shepherds; He is the chief master builder, they are workers under Him. Their work is successful because He is with them, and they with him; he is over them, and stands by them, and encourages them in their work.
Let us learn, that it is the standing duty of all the ministers of Christ so to perform their ministerial office, that they give no just offence in anything to any person, that so the ministry committed to them may not be blamed. We must give no offence by our words and speeches in common conversation, no offence by unsound doctrine, by personal reflections, no offence by gross, careless, and negligent omissions, or by rude and irreverent indecencies, or by any affected singularities in our administrations; but especially give no offence by a bad life and scandalous conversation. Paul didn’t want anyone to stumble over him. Paul’s aim was to be a good role model. He wanted to be a good example. How about you?
Have a Great and God filled Day