by Rev Joel Yong
2 Corinthians 10:7-8
Look at the plain facts! If anyone is confident he belongs to Christ, he should take note that we also belong to Christ. So, if I brag a little too much about the authority which the Lord gave us, I’m not ashamed. The Lord gave us this authority to help you, not to hurt you.
Paul wrote about the authority he had to lead and admonish the church.
There were some in the church in Corinth who spoke against Paul’s and his co-workers’ authority.
Paul points out that a true Christ follower would recognize that Paul and his co-workers are also followers of Christ.
Now the next sentence is crucial- he writes: “The Lord gave us this authority to help you, not to hurt you.”
That is important for us to remember.
I have used this example before- when we go for a checkup and the doctor presses with his hands on certain spots of our body and asks: “Does it hurt here?”- he is checking for problems in our body.
And if it hurts- it’s either:
A. the doctor pressed too hard.
B. there is something wrong with our body, underneath the area he just pressed.
Now when you think your pastor or leader is harsh- ask yourself:
A. is he really pressing too hard
B. maybe there is something wrong with my soul that needs correction and God is using my pastor or leader in the church to help me detect and subsequently fix it.
For God gives our leaders authority, to help us, not to hurt us.
We should yield and submit to their leadership rather than frustrate them.
Unless what we are called to do, is anti-biblical.
Then the Word should be our guiding basis over human preference.