DAY 169 OF 365 IN 2021
2 Corinthians 11:23-24a I’ve worked much harder, been jailed more often, beaten up more times than I can count, and at death’s door time after time. I’ve been flogged five times with the Jews’ thirty-nine lashes, beaten by Roman rods three times, pummeled with rocks once
When we look at the track record of some men and women, their walk with the Lord, their exploits, workings and efforts for the advancement of the Kingdom, our achievements pale absolutely in comparison with theirs. We just don’t seem to measure up. I am not sure what triggered this boasting episode by Paul but oh dear,
I know Paul is celebrated, but reading through his credentials today, I really think he is underrated. His story is very unique, I dare even say that not many, if any, have one similar to his. If we even want to make some comparisons with our own lives, we might end up looking dispirited and ask ourselves ‘what then have we suffered for the kingdom? What have we even done for it?
However, instead of looking down and dispirited, Paul’s life should be a source of encouragement – a reason for us to be pumped up. His life sends a message: that the life of the one who makes himself available, can become a testament and evidence of what the power of God can do in any life.
It is a truth that many do not have credentials any where near that of Saint Paul, but that does not mean we are not required. Our tasks will lead us along paths likely very different from that of Paul, it is our commitment and desire to remain available to God which will ultimately write our own unique Kingdom story.
We only ought to remain available.