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verse 11: “I have become foolish; you yourselves compelled me. Actually I should have been commended by you, for in no respect was I inferior to the most eminent apostles, even though I am a nobody.”

A nobody? We’re talking about Paul here, the greatest missionary the world has ever seen! Here is a man who has traveled all over the known world at the time, preaching the gospel and starting churches. Here is a man who suffered hardships that would’ve discouraged most men. His journeys read much like some adventure heroes in modern literature.

Yet, he considered himself a nobody for the cause of Christ. Several times in Scripture, he had to deflect honor or even worship of himself to say, “Let me tell you of Him who you should direct your praise and worship!” He was speaking outlandishly here to the Corinthians, to deflect the attacks of these self-styled “super-apostles” in Corinth. He actually had to say, “instead of downplaying my apostleship, you should’ve been commending me!”

My wife had a good point after reading this verse. She’s reminded of some churches who should be commending and supporting their pastors; instead, they often snipe and undercut the pastor’s authority and leadership. I hope and pray that, if you have a God-fearing, Christ-preaching pastor in your church, you are commending him and supporting him.

Have a blessed day!

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