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Life of an Apostle

"We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised. Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace;" (1 Corinthians 4:10)

Continuing the discourse on the divisiveness in the church St. Paul makes some sarcastic comments on the lifestyle and the "don't care" attitude of the Corinthian church. They pretended to live as kings while disconnected with the life of the apostles. St. Paul says here that he wished to reign with them if they really had reigned. He takes the reader to the living conditions of an apostle and in every way was contrary to a "blessed" life we imagine today. They were fools for Christ's sake, they were weak, despised. As St. Paul was writing this epistle to the church from Ephesus, he was going through hunger and thirst. Sufficient clothing was a luxury for them. The apostles kept moving across and they did not have a headquarters or proper settlement.

Everything was uncertain but their hope and faith in the Lord was an absolute certainty. They worked with their own hands. As they were reviled, they blessed in return. When they were slandered, they answered kindly. At those times of persecution, they endured it. St. Paul goes on to say that as they lived a fruitful life for Christ, they were viewed as the scum of the earth and garbage of the world. Remember it's not about the external situations that matter when we follow Christ. Christian life is a life that is completely reliant on the Lord Jesus and the spiritual experiences that come from His blessed presence.

For further reading: Romans 8:38-39, Hebrews 11:38