FRIDAY November 10, 2017
A Spectacle for Christ
For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. - 1 Corinthians 4:9
Paul once again gave to the Corinthian believers the correct perspective of ministry. The ministry is a place of suffering. As an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, Paul was willing to be a spectacle. This is where we get our English word “theater.” Paul was willing to die for Christ, as if put on display in the eyes of earthly men and heavenly angels. If the apostles were put to death, men and angels would see it and hear about it.
Notice what Paul says: the apostles were last––not first––last, as men condemned to death. They were nothing; the apostles were appointed to death! Paul knew that the world hated and despised him and the apostles of Christ. If they were killed, Paul said in confidence: For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. (Philippians 1:21). When Paul died, he would be alive beforethe Lord. You see, Paul and the apostles already knew who they believed in, and they knew their Savior, and they knew what they had been called to do.
Paul and the other apostles were not going to give in to the world. They would not compromise with carnal Christians in the church. It was as if he told the believer in Corinth, “We are not going to dance to your tune or play your game.”
Seriously, the ministry is not what people think it is. It is not a place of promotion––it is a place of suffering. Who do we minister to? We minister to suffering people who need the Lord.
No cross for us, no dethronement, no dying. We remain king within the little kingdom of Mansoul and wear our tinsel crown with all the pride of a Caesar, but we doom ourselves to shadows and weakness and spiritual sterility.
~A. W. Tozer~
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