“I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”
2 Corinthians 11:2-3
Most of us probably don’t associate ourselves as idolaters. We think of idols as shiny gold statues with sage burning around them and have never bowed down to one. Unfortunately for us, non-gold-statue idols do pop up in our lives. Obsession with your body, money, popularity, sex – all of these things become idols when they take our focus away from our Creator.
In this verse, Paul is talking to the Corinthians about his fear that they have been led astray from their sincere and pure devotion to Christ. He goes on to discuss false apostles and those promoting a gospel other than the true Savior.
Recently, I have been hearing the phrase, “You are enough” quite often. While initially, this sounds good and uplifting, I think we need to be careful as to the context that we use the phrase. It can be taken as pro-self-salvation or self-worship. I’ve been wrestling with this thought for a week or two and went to the scriptures for truth.
“Such confidence we have through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.” 2 Corinthians 3:5
This reminds me that I, in myself, am not enough but that Christ in me makes me enough. He came to bridge the gap between death and life, and even in our flaws, we are enough for Him and His grace. So even though I am not enough, that’s okay because Christ in me is.
Today, I am praying for sincere and pure devotion to Christ. How can I pray for you?