Read 2 Corinthians 6
Focus on verse 8-10
It is one thing to live a moronic life. If you need examples of this try looking up the Darwin Awards on google were you can find plenty of examples of people living a moronic life – which for some is tragically short. It is quite another thing to live an oxymoronic life. An oxymoron of course is what we call it when we put two words together that contradict each other. Some of my favorite examples include, but are not limited to, “government efficiency”, “military intelligence”, “cuddly porcupine” and so on.
Living an oxymoronic life then would be something like what the Apostle Paul describes in today’s reading.
We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything. (v. 8-10)
What makes it seem oxymoronic, is that when we choose to follow Jesus we begin to define our life by His standards rather than the worlds standards, and these two standards are often diametrically opposed to each other. Where the world standard says black, Jesus standard says white. When we choose to follow Jesus we continue to live “in” the world, but we become part of His kingdom which is “not of this world”. What happens is the world around us defines us by one standard, while we, by the power of the Holy Spirit, live by another. The worldly folks then look at us and shake their heads determining that we have nothing, yet we look at Jesus and what He is to us, and realize that we have everything! We are treated as imposters yet know that we are true, even when we are sorrowful, we continue to have His joy.
What happens is we begin to realize that what we thought was real is really fake and what we once thought was fake is actually real. Our life becomes an oxymoron to the world, but it doesn’t matter to us because we know that what we have is real.