PJ’s Daily Devotional for Saturday, January 21, 2017
Is your reputation like a house of cards?
Don’t try to be something you are not, because you are not fooling anyone anyways. In 2 Corinthians 11, Paul reveals a lot about himself (read verses 22-33 specifically) and what he has been through for the sake of Christ and the proclamation of the Gospel. He doesn’t do this for his own sake, but for the sake of the Corinthian believers who were being deceived by false apostles.
Paul tells the truth about himself because of his love for the Corinthians, not because of his love for self!
Paul is expressing profound concern to the Corinthian believers because they are being fooled by men who are claiming to be “super-apostles” (5). They have been taken in by these “deceitful workmen” (13) who have demanded money and provision from the Corinthian church and have happily boasted about themselves, their honors, accomplishments and accolades.
Paul says of them, “Their end will correspond to their deeds” (15). That is a strong verdict. In other words, as Paul said earlier in this letter, they will reap what they sow! They are deceivers; they are using religion for personal gain; they are mocking the name of Jesus and polluting the Gospel. God is not surprised and though they may have their season in the sun, all will be made right in God’s economy.
Don’t be like these men! They have built their lives on lies and deceptions…they are like a house of cards. Don’t be deceived in thinking that deceptive gains will end well for you.
What will you gain by deceiving others or living a lie? You may gain the temporary applause of a fickle crowd, but the truth will come out eventually and all will come falling down. A house of cards will eventually collapse on itself! Besides all that, God knows the truth about you so do you really think you can fool God?
What’s the answer? Let love compel you tell the truth about yourself! Be real!
Tell your story, pitfalls and all. Yes, you too, tell your story, especially the parts you wish to hide. The One who will gain from your willing foolishness to be real is Jesus, because the Gospel best shines through imperfect people; we are cracked pots!
What do you have to lose? Is your reputation worth more to you than your soul?
Today is the day to tell the truth and be real: first between you and God, then with those in your life. Freedom is right around the corner…to God be the Glory!