2Co 12:14 Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours, but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.
Paul, speaking to the church at Corinth, says he is preparing to visit them a third time. And he assures them that he will be of no burden to them on his trip, rather he comes to help not be helped. As the planter of the Corinthian church, Paul spoke to the believers there as a father toward his children in his pledge that he was coming to assist them.
What an example Paul is in this passage, and many others, to Christians today. In our hustle-bustle lives, too often we don’t make a sacrifice of our time or resources to assist our brothers and sisters. There’s an old saying that one should stop and smell the roses. Roses wilt and fade with the passage of time; so do each of us. The next time you have the opportunity, “take the time to smell the roses” in the form of giving some needed support to a brother or sister in your life. The ‘scent’ you’ll receive will be well worth the sacrifice.
1Co 10:24 Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.
Tonight’s lesson at VBS was entitled Go Tell. It was about Jesus’ first appearing to the group of women and instructing them to go and tell the disciples he was risen. The focus of the lesson was evangelism, taking from the women going to tell and us today being under the same commission, i.e. witnessing.
If we look at the first epistle of Paul to the Corinthians, in the first and second chapter, we find him speaking pretty extensively about “preaching”. Let me use 1 Cor. 1:18 as an example: in this verse, the word translated preaching (Strong’s G3056) means- to speak; an intelligent discourse. And in 1 Cor. 2:4 the word translated here as preaching (Strong’s G2782) means- a proclamation, especially of the Gospel and by implication the Gospel itself; the proclamation of Jesus Christ.
I think that when many of us read these verses we think of preaching as in what the pastor or a preacher does. But it is clear that Paul was not referring to someone who is called to that office/position, rather he is speaking to the common man: you and me. And if you take these verses, with the thought of these words meaning as I have outlined above, and put them in context will the verses in between the ones I’ve referenced I do not believe you can come to any other conclusion. We are called to go and tell of Jesus and His redemptive work on the cross. While the cartoon above was drawn to bring a smile to our faces, it should make us think just how serious the implications are of us not telling.
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
I pray that I will always have the courage to go and tell of Your Son, the one and only Savior, when ever You call upon me to do so.