“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough. I do not think I am in the least inferior to those “super-apostles.” I may indeed be untrained as a speaker, but I do have knowledge. We have made this perfectly clear to you in every way.” 2 Corinthians 11:3-6
Paul is writing to the Corinthians explaining his viewpoint of speaking about Christ. He is warning the people about “super-apostles” and explaining how he has taken the time to study, teach, and share the message of Christ around the world. I love this message as it reminds us that there is only one Lord and Savior to guide us all. The world is full of people and distractions to divert our attention. During the holiday season, we are reminded more than ever of Jesus. Sometimes the message of the holidays makes us think of presents, decorations, or even Santa Claus. Nothing is wrong with this, as long as we are reminded of why we celebrate the day. We celebrate not to think about human ideas but to remind us that Jesus Christ was born. Christmas starts the adventure that Jesus leads to guide his people into following him back to God. God gave us all a second chance to follow him as he sent his one and only son as a messenger of his faith. The message in these lines of scripture reminds us that Jesus is the only messenger that we need to follow. Distractions are always going to be around us. Messages are always going to be delivered to try to divert our attention to human ideas. However, Christ knows us better than anyone else. He knows our heart and how to speak to us in a way that we understand. Let your mind be open this holiday season to hear the words that are being spoken to you from God.
Prayer: Lord open our minds to you. Let us understand the message that you are trying to teach us as we go through our routine. Show us how to come closer to you in everything that we do. Help us set aside the distractions that take us away from you. Lord wrap us up with your holiness and let us feel your warmth. Let us cling to you during this wonderful holiday season. We say these things in your son’s great name, Amen.
submitted by Kurt Hamilton