Read 2 Corinthians 1
Focus on verse 12
It amazes me how easy it is to make my life needlessly complex. My garage currently is a perfect example. I have a two car garage yet am parking both vehicles outside…why? Because my garage is full of…stuff! I have a workbench in my garage which I cannot use because it is covered with – you guessed it – stuff! I’m sure some of you are thinking, “so why don’t you just haul all that stuff to the trash and be done with it?” The problem is that some of this stuff is not “just stuff”. Some of it may actually be valuable (#ebaybonanza), some of it could be useful to other people (#thriftstoretreasuretrove), and most of it has some weird sentimental value to me personally (#preciousmemories). That being admitted (#confessionsofahoarder) I do have a plan that is currently being executed, and as of last report there was almost room to park one car in the garage (#makingprogress). Okay, enough with the hashtags already!
In today’s reading Paul encourages the Corinthians to follow his example of simplicity and sincerity.
For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you. (v. 12)
The Apostle Paul gives us an example by his life of focusing resolutely on fulfilling the purpose for which God created him. This is not to suggest that we all have the exact same purpose. Rather, it encourages us to focus on the unique purpose that God has created each of us for.
What very often derails us from achieving that purpose is the things we pursue based upon the “earthly wisdom” that Paul mentions. Earthly wisdom attempts to convince us that it is the accumulation of stuff that is important, and that the more stuff we have, the happier we will be. It is not that having nice things, or even a lot of things is wrong or evil. God often blesses us with nice things because He loves us, however, when we allow the stuff He gives us to become more important to us than the One who gives it to us, we become entangled in that earthly wisdom and begin to lose the simplicity of God’s design for our life.