August 15/2Corinthians 12

Have you ever felt under appreciated? Perhaps as parents we feel that from time to time. We sacrifice time and money to raise our children and give them the best we can afford and they frown and sigh when we ask them to do something for us. And ‘thank you’ is as rare as an honest politician! And some times they even have the audacity to say, “You don’t love me.” About that time you would like grab their tongue and wrap it around their neck and choke them to death! Just sayin’. That was probably not a mature Christian response right?

Well Paul looked at the Corinthians as his kids, his spiritual kids; after all he was the one who invested time and money into bringing them the gospel of Jesus. Because of him they were heaven bound but as we know they sure weren’t appreciating him now. Paul shows us how a mature Christian responds to under appreciation. Maybe I am the one who needs to learn considering my above response.

Verses 12-14 > he still keeps on providing his best.

Verse 15 > his still gives of himself > time and effort. And the less they loved him the more he loved them! This is probably the best response possible. This is love at its best. This is the love of God. This is maturity! Is this me? Is this you? Oh God grace us to respond with your love where ever we are under appreciated!

Verses 16-17 > he never took advantage of their immaturity by giving an immature response. Oooo that one just got me.

All through this life where ever we go we will at times be under appreciated. We really should rejoice because the Lord is giving us an opportunity to show what we are made of. He is allowing us to take our Christianity for a test drive to show how super cool it really is! And to see if there are areas that need a little tweaking. Yikes I need some tweaking but it is less tweaking than a few years ago:)

Basically, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we just need to act like Jesus. He always provided his best > see the cross. He definitely gave of himself > see the cross. The less we loved him the more he loved us > see the cross. He never gave us an immature response > see the cross.

Philippians 2:5–9 (NLT) — 5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. 6 Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, 8 he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. 9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names,

Under appreciation will never hurt as much as the cross. Who needs appreciation when we have the grace of God. Earlier in this chapter God told Paul that his grace was sufficient. Is it? If it isn’t then perhaps being appreciated is an idol that you are bowing to. With that in mind I will work on my responses and I will probably give the Lord a few more ‘thank you’s’. After all you harvest what you plant!

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    Paul states he had a thorn in the flesh from Satan. Whether this was a person that persecuted him or a physical problem is never stated. God’s response is that His grace is sufficient for Paul. Paul learned that he has to live with the thorn and lean on God. If your prayers on an issue that bothers you do not seem to be answered it may be that that is your thorn in the flesh.