READ : 2 Corinthians 11:16-21
What anyone else dares to boast about – I am speaking as a fool – I also dare to boast about. (v. 21 niv)
Paul tells us that concern about outward appearance according to human standards is of little value to the Lord. Earlier in his letter, Paul writes that the precious treasure of God shines through from within us, showing forth God’s extraordinary power (2 Cor. 4:7). We are simply clay pots-perishable and breakable containers!
Hungarian Christians have taught us many things in our time with them; most importantly, to be honest and straightforward in our relationships. In surviving 40 years of communism, they have lived through many leaders and officials who used bragging and lying as weapons of control.
In 2 Corinthians 11, Paul speaks of his personal sufferings and trials in order to demonstrate his credibility. False teachers tried to deceive and impress the Corinthians in much the same way as happened to Hungarian Christians centuries later!
A Christian need never brag; if we are sincere the light of Christ will shine through us, and this is the powerful truth people will see in us.
You are our Strength and Shield, O Lord. In your hands we are clay to mold in your infinite plans.