Sunday 31 January, 2021

1 Corinthians 16:5-12

5 After I go through Macedonia, I will come to you—for I will be going through Macedonia. 6 Perhaps I will stay with you for a while, or even spend the winter, so that you can help me on my journey, wherever I go. 7 For I do not want to see you now and make only a passing visit; I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits. 8 But I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost, 9 because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me. 10 When Timothy comes, see to it that he has nothing to fear while he is with you, for he is carrying on the work of the Lord, just as I am. 11 No one, then, should treat him with contempt. Send him on his way in peace so that he may return to me. I am expecting him along with the brothers. 12 Now about our brother Apollos: I strongly urged him to go to you with the brothers. He was quite unwilling to go now, but he will go when he has the opportunity.

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 whqt 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

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