|“Outside of the cross of Jesus Christ, there is no hope in this world. That cross and resurrection at the core of the Gospel is the only hope for humanity. Wherever you go, ask God for wisdom on how to get that Gospel in, even in the toughest situations of life.” Ravi Zacharias
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Now concerning the contribution for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do.” 1 Corinthians 16:1
Paul had a burden for the “poor saints in Jerusalem.” According to Acts 11, this current collection was a repeat of what he had done in the past. He called upon those churches in which he had had a ministry to give generously to the Jerusalem church. His plan was to collect the money from the various churches en route to Jerusalem at the end of this his third missionary journey.
His burden for these people was quite extraordinary. The Jewish Christians were suspicious of Paul’s ministry, and in all probability the Judaizers that opposed him came from the Jerusalem church. Still, he went out of his way to gather for their needs. When arriving at Jerusalem some of the Jewish Christians (“many thousands among the Jews of those who have believed; they are all zealous for the law,”335) had Paul arrested. The Bible does not follow Paul beyond his imprisonment and appeal to Rome, but we know that he spent the next years of his life fighting against the charges of the Christian Jews.
Paul did not show concern for others based on their response to him, but rather in accordance with God’s will. You will find it easier to serve those who appreciate you than to those who despise you. You will only be able to do the latter if you maintain an eternal focus.
335 Acts 21:20
Proverbs 6-7 2 Corinthians 2 (New King James Version)
2 Corinthians 2
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