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Topic: 1 Corinthians 4:9
1 Corinthians 4:9 (NKJ) 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
Paul says that God shows off His 'set apart delegates' as if at the 'lowest rank' or 'grade of worth', and in that manner, as 'humans doomed to death'. This is how God's people are displayed by God to the world. He puts His people 'on the world's stage' as a place for public show and to examined and to be 'made sport of'. Here is where the world examines God's people...in full view and under a magnifying glass. God's people are examined by both angelic messengers and by human beings.
Why? To show that they ARE God's people; to dispell the 'I-did-it-myself-pride' in the people of God while at the same time to reveal, under close examination, that God dwells in their lives...every day and in all ways.
God DOES put me on display. He makes me feel as if I am being examined by unbelievers so that my pride will be dispelled. I stand on the 'stage of life' under the worlds magnifying glass, my everyday life being closely watched and judged. I am to be God's proof that a Believer is free and full of joy and hope in every life situation. I am scrutinized and made fun of on this 'stage'. I am seen as a human that will still die, like everyone else. And yet I am to not fear human death. Both humans and God's angels are watching me.
Do I pass the test? Does my life reflect Jesus? Is my pride showing? Am I humble or prideful? Do I stand or do I coware? Do I stand in the light of Truth or do I appear artificial?
Many questions come from this scripture; self-examination of me. This scripture raises up a time to reflect and take another look at how I 'appear' to the world.
Father, I pray that I would show YOU to the world as You would have me be. Help me to be more like Jesus on the stage of this world. Give me legs to stand, but a humble heart. I pray that I would be totally real, and totally full of You, Lord!