THE STORY OF JESUS: 2 Corinthians 12-13
“Everything we do, dear friends, is for your strengthening.” (2 Corinthians 12:19)
Paul’s relationship with the Corinthian disciples is strained.
They have been bad-mouthing Paul’s weaknesses and failures.
Paul stresses that his mission has always been for their blessing.
Like Jesus, he wants to build up, not tear down (2 Corinthians 13:10).
As a Jesus follower, and a leader, I can test my own calling with these words.
Is my heart, my passion, to build up and bless those I work with?
Paul is learning that even good intentions can be misunderstood.
Do the people I meet and work with sense that I want to build them up too?
Paul was willing to spend/expend himself for this… am I, are you?
Do our words and actions build up co-workers, classmates, neighbours, etc.?
Am I saying things to be liked, to get people to meet my needs?
Am I doing things to manipulate people, or to use them to my advantage?
Test yourself carefully in this; often we are more self-led that we realize.
May my passion be – like Paul, like Jesus – to strengthen and build up others!
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, show me times today when I am saying or doing things with selfish motives, instead of for the benefit of others. Help me to shift my words and actions towards strengthening others