Not a Popular Message

For God, who said, "Light shall shine out of darkness," is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.  But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.  2 Corinthians 4: 6-9

The Apostle Paul had it tough during his ministry. His critics remarked that his presence was unattractive and that his speech was contemptible (2 Corinthians 10:10). He might have had a physical ailment with his eyes that also made him hard to look at. He had no stage presence and wasn't one of "the in" Rabbis or philosophers of his day. He wasn't a polished public speaker and he would have never made it as an anchorman on T.V. Paul's message to the people of his day was counter-intuitive...die to self and instead love your neighbor as yourself, repent and remove all the selfish desires and come to faith in Jesus. 

Paul was not a very good looking person with a not too popular a message. Because of that he was beaten with rods, once was stoned, three times was shipwrecked. He was in danger from robbers, dangers from his countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, and dangers among false brethren. Yet he persisted, he didn't expect popularity, he didn't manipulate people and he did not look for earthly success. He kept to the message of the Gospel despite troubles, afflictions, mobs, and whatever came his way. He did this because he set his sights on eternity and because he knew that it is not us, but God working through us one day at a time, one person at a time that lives are changed and history is changed.

You may not think you can be used by God to make a difference for time and for eternity. If you think that, you are in good company with Moses, Rahab, Peter and others God used to bring people to salvation. God has big plans for you and for all of us as His children, all we have to do is speak the Gospel and let God do the rest


Matt Schneider

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