2 Corinthians 3:1-6
The apostle Paul faced a dilemma in addressing the Corinthian believers in his 2nd letter to them because some had verbally attacked him. It is highly unlikely that he would be considered a success today, when you look at these facts:
- He spent most of his ministry in jail
- Never made enough salary to purchase a home
- Never built a church building
- Never spoke on television, or radio
- Had to get a job to support himself
- Admitted that he was a poor speaker and had a very unimpressive appearance
Perhaps it’s for this reason that he starts off 2 Corinthians 3:1with the phrase “Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or do we need, as some others, letters of commendation to you or letters of commendation from you?” It is amazing that a man like Paul; who had founded the fellowship in Corinth, wrote them three letters and visited another time would be asked by those he led to Christ if he could bring along letters of recommendation from Peter, John and James. Letters, letters we don’t need no stinking letters! They were asking for proof? He could have said, “You all have it wrong I’m not the author, I’m just the mailman!” Paul offers a completely new view of confidence and security and tells them that what has happened to change their life has nothing to do with him and everything to do with Jesus! This reality says, “You don’t win the prize, you are the prize.” Our sense of well being comes not from our accomplishments, it comes through Jesus’. God hasn’t chosen us because He saw our potential; He didn’t pick us out of the multitudes because we were the best. NO, He chose us because He’s the best and our “fullest potential” isn’t achieved it’s a gift that is as wonderful and unique as our DNA! Oswald Chambers said, “God can achieve His purposes either through the absence of human power and resources, or the abandonment of reliance upon them.” Saints we need to remember that Jesus has chosen to use “Nobodies” because of their unusual dependence on His power and grace. And when He has chosen to use “Somebody’s” it’s only after they have renounced all dependence on their natural abilities and resources.
This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!