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Paul finds himself under pressure to justify his identity and authority as an apostle of the Lord. Even when our context is different, we can understand this frustration since we often battle with questions like “Who are you?” and “What gives you value?” Since the Spirit inspired the Apostle to write about this issue for three chapters (10 to 12), we understand this is an essential issue for the spiritual formation of His Church.
The Apostle presents clear evidence of his worthiness and authority. But he tells his audience that relying on such productivity as the sole source of identity is foolishness. Sure of the faithful work God the Holy Spirit is doing in him, convinced the grace of the Triune God is enough, Paul does not mind acknowledging his limitations if such a display of humility moves the Kingdom forward.
For Your Consideration.
- How do you define humility?
- By what fake treasures are you often attracted?
- How are your enemies – mainly your own sin – trying to convince you to accept a narrow view of reality?
- How has the Spirit enabled you to boast in your weaknesses?
- How do you practically treasure the foolishness of the Gospel?
- Why is finding definition in our sin an offense to His Beauty?