Friday, August 21, 2009

Saturday Devotion, August 22

1 Corinthians 4:8-13

8 Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! You have become kings—and that without us! How I wish that you really had become kings so that we might be kings with you! 9 For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like men condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men. 10 We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored! 11 To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. 12 We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; 13 when we are slandered, we answer kindly. Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse of the world.

Quick Notes

Don't ever say that the Bible does not have doses of sarcasm, because this passage above is dripping. Paul compares the "wise" Corinthians to the foolish apostles. The foolish apostles refuse to return evil to evil even to the point where they are hungry and thirsty whereas the Corinthians do not suffer these evils because they are "wise" enough to avoid them. Over and over we find there are marks on those who follow Christ. The Corinthians are still learning how to be fools.

Quick Questions

Are you trying to become a fool for Christ and marking yourself for sufferings or are you wise in Christ and no one other than other Christians know it?

Quick Prayer

Christ Jesus, make me your fool. Amen.

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