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What will you do for something important? Will you risk pain, danger or other serious consequences? People say they will sacrifice for loved ones, principles and faith. But how far are we really willing to go? 

Paul, writing to some confused Christians at Corinth, did something unusual. Someone was misleading the Corinthians about what it meant to be a follower of Jesus. Paul’s sarcasm is not what we usually find in his letters throughout the New Testament. However, looking closely at what was going on, his approach in this situation was consistent with his character.

Paul said that if people were going to “put up with fools,” then he would talk to them “not as the Lord would, but as a fool” with “a little boasting” about himself (2 Corinthians 11:16-19). The message of Christ is sufficient, but if people are hung up on hearing about credentials or accomplishments to open their hearts to the gospel, then Paul was willing to reach toward them right where they were. He spoke the language they would understand.

Paul risked physical attack, imprisonment, condemnation and even death to carry out his God-given mission of spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. But he was willing to go even further to do whatever it took, even if he sounded like a fool by his own standards. Paul stepped out, took risks and trusted God with the results. His limits did not hold him back from accomplishing his purpose.

Reflect:

  • What is God showing you that He wants you to do?
  • How far are you willing to go to fulfill His purpose for your life?
  • What steps can you take to break through any self-imposed limits? Start small.

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