Posts Tagged ‘pure devotion’

Under Gods Command

2 Corinthians 11:1-3 I hope you will put up with me in a little foolishness, but you are already doing that. 2I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. 3But 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.

Paul asked the Corinthian believers to bear with him as he talked a little “foolishness.” In other words, Paul felt foolish rehearsing his credentials as a preacher of the gospel (11:16-21). But he thought that he had to do this in order to silence the false teachers (11:13).

Paul was anxious that the church’s love should be for Christ alone, just as a pure virgin saves her love for one man only. By “pure virgin” he meant one who was unaffected by false doctrine.

The Corinthians’ sincere and pure devotion to Christ was being threatened by false teaching. Paul did not want the believers to lose their single-minded love for Christ. Keeping Christ first in your life can be very difficult when you have so many distractions threatening to sidetrack your faith. Just as Eve lost her focus by listening to the serpent, you, too, can lose your focus by letting your life become overcrowded and confused.

Lets Bring it Home: Is there anything that weakens our commitment to keep Christ first in your life? How can we minimize the distractions that threaten your devotion to him?