Google+ 10/25/13 Be Foolish or Be Fruitful!

1 Corinthians 16:8-10

 

 In the meantime, I will be staying here at Ephesus until the Festival of Pentecost.

There is a wide-open door for a great work here, although many oppose me.

When Timothy comes, don’t intimidate him. He is doing the Lord’s work, just as I am.

 

In part five of our six-part devotion series entitled, "Knock, Knock...God's There," we listen in as Paul speaks to the church at Corinth.  Paul has just changed the itinerary for his mission trip, which will now take him through Macedonia.  Since Timothy is already traveling through Macedonia, Paul fears Timothy will arrive prior to him.  Paul wants to make sure that the leaders of the church at Corinth embrace Timothy, rather than intimidate him.  Paul realizes that the "fields are white for harvest" in Ephesus.  Then comes the most important part of today's Scripture.  Paul proclaims that there is a "wide-open door" for great work for God in Ephesus, but many are going to oppose him.  When we are doing God's work, it should never be about the opposition.  Remember the Scripture that says, "If God be for us, who can be against us?"  We must live this statement.  Ministers and Christians seem to be surprised when the world opposes what we do for God.  We tend to ignore that every day of our lives is a battle for Christ in this world.  So many Christians refuse to battle if there is opposition.  Yes, I wrote that down and said it out loud!  Notice Paul stays in Ephesus even though MANY oppose him.  He still realizes that God has opened a door and Paul intends to walk through it.  Don't misunderstand why or how long Paul stays.  This isn't like staying in Babylon.  Paul has work to do for God's Kingdom in Ephesus.  While there is much opposition, there are still people willing to hear the Gospel message from Paul.  The Bible tells us that there is no work to do in Babylon because God has been permanently rejected.  God warns that the best that can happen to us by staying in Babylon is that we become Babylonians!  Today, in your walk with God, if people are opposing you, ask this question.  Are you standing in front of God's open door in Ephesus, or are you standing in the middle of Babylon and afraid to leave?  Don't miss this point because both situations will result in opposition.  The difference is that in Ephesus, although the work is hard, God is glorified.  In Babylon, the work is hard and everyone who stays becomes Babylonians.  God ultimately destroyed Babylon and ALL Babylonians.  That makes Babylonian work foolish, not fruitful.  So, choose today to "Be Foolish, or Be Fruitful!"