Is your walk above reproach and authentic all for the honor and glory of God and not for selfish gain?
I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak. Howbeit whereinsoever any is bold, (I speak foolishly,) I am bold also. Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I. (2 Corinthians 11:21-22 KJV)
Paul was defending his ministry that God had called him to do. He was speaking direct and simply towards any in the Corinthian church who had a “spiritual bone to pick with him” concerning his background or heritage, colorful past, along with his, according to worldly standards, an unordinary or untypical approach or manner towards those God had given him an opportunity to witness and minister to.
How often may you or I or others near inwardly desire to pick apart the approach, the capacity, or area God has called another individual to serve Him in? Asking why do you do this? Or why do you do that way? Why do you speak to that group of people or associate with those people who are among the worst of the worst? Paul solidly understood that he alone was worth nothing, could do nothing, or boast in his efforts to advance the gospel of Christ; but working together in the supernatural spiritual alignment or capacity of God he could accomplish whatever or wherever God laid upon his heart.
Rather than pick apart or criticize another person’s method of bearing the gospel seed as some Corinthian believers chose to do; rather each person could serve God better by being still and listening to that inner voice of the Holy Spirit who guides each of us personally in the way God desires; giving those who abide in Him an authentic ministry further advancing the gospel of Jesus Christ according to His good will and way. Ministering and witnessing to others is all about God and nothing to do about mankind; that includes you and I.
Paul eludes that he operated fully within the direction and power of God’s will as he authentically bears witness of the gospel of Jesus Christ to those individuals God sees fit to place upon his pathway. Paul’s witness was genuine and often harrowing as his trek along the narrow pathway was riddled with spiritual hills and valleys as he sojourned upon this earth.
Can you and I also make that same statement about our witness for the gospel of Jesus Christ? That we are whatever God needs us to be; despite our circumstances or dismal past to further the message of the gospel? Is your walk for Christ above reproach giving all glory and honor to Him?