For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are prudent in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are distinguished, but we are without honor. To this present hour we are both hungry and thirsty, and are poorly clothed, and are roughly treated, and are homeless; and we toil, working with our own hands; when we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure; when we are slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become as the scum of the world, the dregs of all things, even until now. 1 Corinthians 4:9-13
The Corinthian church was overdue for a letter of correction from their ‘father in the faith’, the apostle Paul. With tongue in cheek he illustrates their immaturity and pride that has led to the churches difficulty, strife, and confusion. He reminds them that humility would accompany the greatness of the apostles who appeared to those in the world as fools! By contrast, the selfish ambitions of the new believers in Corinth are manifest.
What am I willing to endure for the sake of fulfilling Christ’s mission for me?
God, thank you for Paul’s example and exhortation. As this day begins, please use me as a instrument of Your peace. Help me pray with many- encourage- celebrate- and live out this wonderful life You have given me. I have so much going on today, I need Your constant prompting, focus and energy.