Friday: 21st June, 2019
Reference text: 2 Corinthians 11:18, 21-30
2 Corinthians 11: 24-25 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea,
Over the last few weeks, I have been reading Francine Rivers’ Mark of the Lion trilogy and it has been an amazing read. In the first book, ‘A voice in the wind’, a young Christian girl is sent to face the lions in the Roman Arena by her mistress. Even when facing imminent death, she spread her arms singing as though reciting the prayer of Job ‘Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him'(Job 13:15a)- she survived.
That prayer is the only thing that makes any sense when we follow the discussion of Paul today. One would think that after all He had been through, it was madness that he had not given up. It would clearly suffice to say that not even the numerous threats, beatings and near death experiences were enough to drive out his zeal for God. No wonder he could write in his letter to the Romans ‘nothing can separate us from the love of God’.
Nonetheless, while we could readily make a case that he was just really diligent at his duty of ‘proclaiming the Good news to the gentiles’, In Paul, I don’t just see a man at post but I see a man in love. This is because while duty makes us do things well, love transcends duty and moves us to do more than duty requires.
So sweetheart, what moves you on? Are you driven by LOVE or just by DUTY? There will be clear evidence in your works because while duty makes us do things well, love will make us do them beautifully- even when they make no sense.