Sunday 21 May, 2017

2 Corinthians 11:1-6

11 I hope you will put up with me in a little foolish bragging. Yes, please put up with me! 2 My jealousy for you comes from God himself. I promised to give you to only one husband. That husband is Christ. I wanted to be able to give you to him as if you were a pure virgin. 3 But Eve’s mind was tricked by the snake’s clever lies. And here’s what I’m afraid of. Your minds will also somehow be led astray. They will be led away from your true and pure love for Christ. 4 Suppose someone comes to you and preaches about a Jesus different from the Jesus we preached about. Or suppose you receive a spirit different from the Spirit you received before. Or suppose you receive a different message of good news. Suppose it was different from the one you accepted earlier. You put up with those kinds of things easily enough. 5 I don’t think I’m in any way less important than those “super-apostles.” 6 It’s true that I haven’t been trained as a speaker. But I do have knowledge. I’ve made that very clear to you in every way.

Pauls fear for the church in Corinth was that somehow, their pure and undivided devotion to Christ would become corrupted through deception.

How was Eve deceived by satan? It was this idea that God was holding something back, that God didn’t really mean what he said and that there was something to be gained by not completely obeying God’s command.

So, Paul’s plea to remain pure and undivided in devotion to God, for me is the call to complete obedience to God’s commands.

I have to ask myself, am I obeying God’s commands fully? Am I doing everything that he has asked me to do?

I would like to be able to say yes, that I do obey all the time, but honestly, I don’t. So today, I hear Pauls plea and check myself, not for perfection, but to make sure that I am heading in the right direction, that no matter what God has asked me to do, no matter how hard I think it is, and some days it is hard, I check my bearings against the compass of God’s Word and keep walking in complete obedience.

I am thankful Lord, for not condemning me for getting off track, and for not giving up on me and continually calling me into that pure and undivided devotion to you. When I consider all that you have done for me, how could I give you anything less?

Written by Andrew Martin

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