1 Corinthians 16:5-12
5 After I go through Macedonia, I will come to you. I will only be passing through Macedonia. 6 But I might stay with you for a while. I might even spend the winter. Then you can help me on my journey everywhere I go. 7 I don’t want to see you now while I am just passing through. I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord allows it. 8 But I will stay at Ephesus until the day of Pentecost. 9 A door has opened wide for me to do some good work here. There are many people who oppose me. 10 Timothy might come to you. Make sure he has nothing to worry about while he is with you. He is doing the work of the Lord, just as I am. 11 No one should refuse to accept him. Send him safely on his way so he can return to me. I’m expecting him to come back along with the others. 12 I want to say something about our brother Apollos. I tried my best to get him to go to you with the others. But he didn’t want to go right now. He will go when he can.
What a warm passage of Scripture.
Paul clearly has a high regard for the people of Macedonia and doesn’t just want to ‘fly’ through. He also has opportunity for ministry, a “great door for effective work has opened to me”.
We face decisions everyday of the week, and many times during those days.
Paul, even in the face of “many who oppose me”, is prepared to do what he thinks the Lord is in. He has other opportunities, like seeing his friends in Macedonia, but chooses to stay in Ephesus because of the opportunities there.
The road of least resistance, a kind of fatalism, is very attractive. I have more than once followed it! I need to ensure that I follow Christ in faith, not just because the circumstances seem favourable or easy!
Father, help me to follow You faithfully, even when it is difficult and opposition awaits me.
Written by Ps. Richard Botta