Thursday, April 15, 2010

Being the Spectacle

After you read this, check out my follow-up post here.

We hide our weaknesses. If someone sees our pain, our doubt, our fear they may think poorly of us. We hide our weaknesses because we can't stand the fact that we are still weak. Our arrogance commands that we keep up the facade of our digital persona. Everything revolves around us.

Paul was fighting off the false apostles in Corinth with some old school, down-and-dirty sarcasm. They fashioned themselves as religious philosophers, who baited their lessons with all the sweet and delicious trappings of men. 'Look how well we speak. Our membership numbers speak of our great wisdom and to the truthfulness of our words.' Paul turns what it means to be an apostle on its head. He says that he is being made into a spectacle of death.

The super apostles marketed their business well. They had everything a good speaker would want: Street cred through letters of introduction, a host of followers, excellent speaking skills. Paul was starving, in prison, getting beat up, shipwrecked.

All this to say, Paul didn't hide his lowly position. He didn't hide the fact that, to the world, he looked like the most unlucky man alive. Paul got it. It wasn't about him. Trials taught Paul that it was when he was most unattractive that Christ was made most attractive in him.

Let your pain and suffering strip away your arrogance and self-centeredness. If this life really is temporary, then live your faith like you mean it. Fight the desire to hide from people. Build those uncomfortable relationships. Share the heartache and pain of real life. But most importantly, show the world that in spite of all this, there is a hope that they cannot fathom because the faith you have is real. Isn't it?

Anyone want to share how Christ was seen more clearly in their lives because of their weakness?

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