The Veiled Heart
by Rev Greg Obong-Oshotse 21 August 2020
Text: 2 Corinthians 4:3-4
“And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 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.”
When last did you reach for a tub of ice cream or drive out for a quick takeaway on a whim because an advert on TV or newspaper triggered the craving? I recently fell victim to such a craving after seeing a lovely fish and chip advert in a magazine. It was my dinner four days later! That’s what adverts are meant to do – win your heart. By nature, we easily warm up to the things our senses desire. And that’s why companies run hefty advert budgets every year.
But that doesn’t work in spiritual matters. Christ is the best thing that ever happened to humanity: He is the Saviour, Son of God, Lord of heaven, Owner of heavenly mansions, Creator of the Universe and of humanity, the only Way to God, the Truth of God, the Life of God, the Giver of life abundant. And much more. But even for just one of these, people should be flocking to Jesus, queueing at the door of His house, and craving His company 24/7. The whole world should be agog in an endless hymn of praise and thanksgiving. But that’s not the case. Paul tells us why: the devil has blinded their minds. How we ought to pray more earnestly and fervently for those who are yet without Christ.
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