Individuals applying for employment in the federal government are often required to complete an administrative background investigation called the National Agency Check. This security check is a validation of public trust to federal employees who potentially have access to classified information.
Trust is vital in our relationship with God, as is confidence. Paul in these verses begins his discussion of being at home/ away and being in the body/away from the Lord. He notes a preference for being with the Lord; but while in the body, we continue confidently because we walk by faith, not by sight. Paul’s close calls with death only increased his trust in the Lord, allowing him to learn what God was teaching him through life’s temporary afflictions.
The resolution comes in choosing always to do what pleases God. While in the body and away from the Lord, our day-to day living and how we do it matters. Paul calls us to be prepared and accountable for the way we live. The judgment does not come based on faith or right ideas; it is based on “what has been done in the body, whether good or evil.” Each will receive recompense, or payback, for what is done in the body.
Paul exhorted the Corinthian church to trust the Lord, not their intellect, culture, or fleshly desires. Paul remains confident in his living and pleasing God. We all desire to live with such confidence. Do you trust God completely? As a result of that trust, are you experiencing greater boldness and confidence?

Merciful God, whether we are in the body or with the Lord, give us confidence in your ability to hold and keep us. May our lives bear witness to that confidence. Amen.

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Leccionario Semanal
June 11–17, 2018
Resumen de la Escritura

From a human perspective, we tend to judge people by appearances: how attractive they are, how wealthy they seem to be. God’s standard, however, is not outward appearance but the attitude of the heart. David was the youngest brother in his family, yet God knew his mighty heart and chose him as the next king of Israel. The psalmist declares that God gives victory to those who put their trust in God, not in the outward appearance of might. Jesus reinforces this truth with the parable of the mustard seed. Though the seed appears small, it grows into a robust plant. Paul tells the Corinthians that we should no longer judge people by what we see on the outside, for God changes what really matters—what is on the inside.

Preguntas para la reflexión

• Read 1 Samuel 15:34–16:13. What clear guidance has the Lord given you regarding an area of obedience in your life?
• Read Psalm 20. How has the Lord answered you when you called out during a critical moment in time?
• Read Mark 4:26-34. What prevents you from trusting God to use your testimony to lead others to Jesus Christ?
• Read 2 Corinthians 5:6-17. How does your trust in and obedience to God affect your personal conduct and your attitude toward others?

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