A Message To Self Proclaimed “Apostles”

I have a message for you perfectly groomed, lavishly clothed self-proclaimed “Apostles” with your charisma and glitz and bling. It’s not from me. A fellow by the name of Paul left it for you in letter form some years back. Apparently you’ve never read it so I’m copying a portion of it for you here, word for word:

For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored! To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless. And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure; being defamed, we entreat. We have been made as the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things until now. I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you. For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Therefore I urge you, imitate me.”

                    – Paul, an apostle, 1 Corinthians 4:9-16 NKJV

Now if you truly desire to walk as the apostles did, and there are some who do even to this day, then lay aside your enjoyment of possessions and popularity, and step into the true shoes of an apostle. They’ve just been described to you.

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