In 2 Corinthians 11:1-15 NLT, The Apostle Paul, writes,
“1 I hope you will put up with a little more of my foolishness. Please bear with me. 2 For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. I promised you as a pure bride to one husbandâ€”Christ. 3 But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent. 4 You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed.
Â 5 But I donâ€™t consider myself inferior in any way to these â€œsuper apostlesâ€ who teach such things. 6 I may be unskilled as a speaker, but Iâ€™m not lacking in knowledge. We have made this clear to you in every possible way.
Â 7 Was I wrong when I humbled myself and honored you by preaching Godâ€™s Good News to you without expecting anything in return? 8 I â€œrobbedâ€ other churches by accepting their contributions so I could serve you at no cost. 9 And when I was with you and didnâ€™t have enough to live on, I did not become a financial burden to anyone. For the brothers who came from Macedonia brought me all that I needed. I have never been a burden to you, and I never will be. 10 As surely as the truth of Christ is in me, no one in all of Greece will ever stop me from boasting about this. 11 Why? Because I donâ€™t love you? God knows that I do.
12 But I will continue doing what I have always done. This will undercut those who are looking for an opportunity to boast that their work is just like ours. 13 These people are false apostles. They are deceitful workers who disguise themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. In the end they will get the punishment their wicked deeds deserve.” https://biblehub.com/nlt/2_corinthians/11.htm
I share this extensive section of 2 Corinthians as a part of my own self-evaluation as I progress in my walk with Christ Jesus, and continue my educational endeavors. Proper learning, validation, and recognition within the family of Christ is the most important goal I have set for myself and for the cornerstone of my ministry. I don’t claim to be anything special, Just as Paul describes himself, in 2 Corinthians 11 Verse 6 “6 I may be unskilled as a speaker, but Iâ€™m not lacking in knowledge.” I grow my knowledge daily; just as a plant needs water, so does the mind need the knowledge to stay sharp against the spiritual warfare of daily living.
Yes, just like everyone else, I stumble on myself and sometimes trip over my tongue and the loose laces of my life. The difference is now is I pick myself up, I pray for my shortfalls and ask the Lord for forgiveness and guidance in my daily struggles. I ask for the strength of patience when things don’t go as I like, I give him thanks even though things don’t always go my way. I open every prayer with praise and thanksgiving, even in my darkest of moments. I am a person just as everyone else is, I will not ever be content being made to feel superior to anyone else.
I use my life experiences along with the bible to help those who look to me for advice, I’m no expert or amazing scholar I just serve as I can. I don’t know it all, and I couldn’t tell you all the books of the bible from memory, and with that, I am also very weak at memorizing scripture. I could tell you I read something in Romans in this book or that on a topic, but I would have to open my bible to find and read it. So a “Super Apostle” as Paul states in the scripture I certainly am not, but like Apostle Paul, I do not hold myself to be inferior.
In my journey into ministry, I keep my personal focus to be the “Pastor” I needed during my trials, the guide I needed to help me know the Lord and that I could speak with openly. I have not one ounce of disrespect in my heart to my Pastors growing up as they always had more immense burdens during those eras of my life. This is why I wish my ministry to be fluid and not tied to any one location. The Lord may decide to change my course on that someday, but for now, that is the path I follow.
I am striving to “keep it real,” to stay true to Christian Doctrine & Faith but flexible in the venue and method of sharing it. My service as a servant of God will always be committed to the Continental United States of America. I don’t choose this restriction; with my medical matters, I am not allowed to fly, so foreign missions are not possible for me as I have to remain grounded and near adequate medical care. This is why I am committed to local missions to help bolster the spreading of God’s Word, The Power of Jesus, and the strength of the Holy Spirit; in every way, I can locally. I am surely no Apostle Paul, who so happens to be my favorite if you were to ask. I can only be what I am and do what I can while “Keeping It Real.”