Pain in Perspective

If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.” - 2 Corinthians 11.30

An interesting thought isn’t it? Paul after giving the roster of suffering he had endured as an apostle for Jesus makes this statement towards the end of 2 Corinthians 11. Paul didn’t want to spend time explaining all these things...he wanted to go on to more spiritual matters but the church in Corinth needed to hear all that he had endured….not for his ego’s sake. Nah, for their remembrance of the truth of his message. So that the Corinthians would stand in the truth and not be persuaded by false teachers.

By revealing all that he has gone through Paul reminds us of something essential:

We prove our devotion to Christ in suffering not apart from it.

If I have to “brag” about myself, I’ll brag about the humiliations that make me like Jesus.

C.S. Lewis wrote: “But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.

Are you trying to isolate? Avoiding human contact like you’re going to catch some disease from them? You realize that a megaphone doesn’t work well when you’re on an island right?

We all need to take a lesson from Paul’s life...we need to boast in our weakness. We need to let the world hear the gospel from our lips and see it in our struggles.

In our weakness He is stronger. He’s not ignoring your pain...He is speaking through it.

To you. And to others. Let us all engage in the battle, remembering that our time in these sufferings is short.

Love you all,

Pastor Mike