2 Corinthians 11–It is NOT About You

It was simple, Paul was sick of the roadshow evangelists touting their difficult journies.  They had it so tough.  They would come to the churches with tales of adventure about God delivering them to preach the gospel. Paul was sick of it.  If it was modern days, Paul simply would have said–“it is not about you!”.  Instead, Paul tells the Corinthians where God had taken him.  Once a Jewish star, now beaten, starved, stoned, naked, and shipwrecked.  There was nothing glamorous about Paul’s missionary journies.  That was his point–The journey was about honoring and sharing Christ.
 
In our lives, it is still about honoring God and sharing the gospel with any and everyone who would listen.  We conduct our lives in a manner worthy of Christ, but, we do not shift the focus from Him to ourselves. Paul was trying to state the obvious–If we make it about ourselves, then why bring Christ into it at all.  We need to live lives that honor God. We do not need to receive awards for that, we simply need to trust God to prepare us, protect us and to provide for our needs. If we will, as we humbly seek the Lord, He will use us in ways we never would have imagined.  That is the reward–not what we receive, but what we leave behind as a legacy to Him.
 
God Bless You

Whatever anyone else dares to boast about—I am speaking as a fool—I also dare to boast about. 22 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they Abraham’s descendants? So am I. 23 Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. 24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. 27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. 28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?

30 If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. 31 The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is to be praised forever, knows that I am not lying. 32 In Damascus the governor under King Aretas had the city of the Damascenes guarded in order to arrest me.33 But I was lowered in a basket from a window in the wall and slipped through his hands.

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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