II Corinthians 12:1-6 — What is far more important than our boasting

Well, this is my last day of vacation before I head back for Japan.  It will be an exceptionally long day, so your prayers for safety and strength would be appreciated.  Needless to say, I won’t be posting a blog tomorrow, but hopefully, shortly thereafter, I’ll get back to my daily schedule of blogging.

At any rate, this will be short and sweet.  Perhaps because the false teachers in Corinth had been boasting of their “revelations,” Paul let the Corinthians know that he himself had spiritual experiences that far surpassed whatever experiences these false teachers may have had.  He had in fact been carried to heaven into the presence of God (although Paul himself wasn’t sure if it was just a vision or it really happened).

But then Paul said this:

But I refrain (from boasting about my experience), so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say.  (6)

In other words, we may have all sorts of spiritual “experiences.”  And I am by no means discounting them as a part of our Christian lives.  But we shouldn’t be using them as reasons to boast of our spirituality to others.

True spirituality is found in what we say and do moment to moment, day to day.  That’s what people should see when they see us.  Not our awesome spiritual experiences.  But God’s working and speaking through us to touch the lives around us.  And this, not for own glory, but for His.

Do you have awesome experiences with God?  That’s great!  But a true spiritual experience doesn’t end with the spiritual high.  It should translate into our day to day speech and actions.

Does it translate into yours?


About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: crossroad-web.com 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください: crossroad-web.com
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