Have you ever been upset with someone for not following your advice or listening to you? I remember back when I was just a kid, my parents would always tell me, “Don’t jump off the swings.” They would tell me this whenever I was going to elementary school or going to my cousins; the two places I frequented most with swings! One day, while at my cousins, he convinced me that it would be the perfect day to see if we could swing and jump over his parents’ house. I know what you are thinking as you read this and you are probably right! However, we thought for sure that the weather was perfect and we had enough confidence that day to clear my cousin’s house, unscathed.
As we continue in on our series going through 2 Corinthians, we come to this passage where Paul is warning both the church and even us today! He writes in 2 Corinthians 11:2-3, “For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” I love how Paul writes of his “divine jealousy”toward the church. He is showing how much he cares and loves the church and desires for them to not stray. This reminds me of God’s jealous love for us in Exodus 20:5. Paul is desiring this, not only for the warning and guidance he gave but more importantly the Gospel and ultimately Christ, as we see in verse three, “But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”
You can probably guess what ended up happening to me that day that my cousin and I tried jumping over his house – a broken arm. Today, I hope you will heed my warning as I echo the words of Paul. Do not be deceived by the cunning and alluring things of this world and of Satan. Listen to the warnings and guidance of your brothers and sisters in Christ, of your pastors, and ultimately and most importantly, God’s Word. We are called to this beautiful relationship and marriage with Christ. The world is full of temptation and deception. Today, I pray that you will remember the Gospel of Jesus. I pray that you will not be led astray by the things of this world; and if you have, that today would be the day that you remember His truth and turn back to His goodness and love.