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Desperate Measures

Have you ever hung out with someone who wasn’t the greatest influence? Your other friends probably encouraged you not to spend time with that person. In 2 Corinthians 11, Paul was that friend as he warned believers in Corinth about false teachers who were trying to lead them away from Jesus.

Paul is not normally a person to praise himself, but in this passage, he brags on his own teaching in order to get the attention of those listening to the wrong guides. Paul is worried about the false apostles just wanting to serve themselves, and is willing to do whatever it takes to avoid seeing the people he loves get cheated out of anything less than an abundant life in Christ. In verse 2, Paul says "I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him." 

Sometimes different situations call us to respond in a new way, even if that means changing our approach. Just as Paul would stop at nothing until the Corinthians recognized the truth in his teaching of Jesus, we might have to get uncomfortable and try new things to help the people in our lives see the truth of the gospel. By holding fast to the truth and actively following Jesus, we can be used to rescue those around us from the false teachings of others. Jesus gives us opportunities each day to reach out to lost and hurting people, but we must be willing to act and be faithful in doing whatever it takes to show them the truth about Him.

Reflect:

  • We believe that found people find people. How have you seen this happen in your life? Who have you invited to church? Who invited you?
  • How can you know when someone is teaching a lie about Jesus?
  • What is one new way you might try to tell others about Jesus?

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