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Counting Wisely, Spending Gladly
2 Corinthians 12:14-15
Am I willing and happy to spend my life for the sake of the gospel...even if it costs me everything?
Shared March 26th, 2018; Updated March 26th, 2018
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2 Corinthians 12:14-15
Here v for the third time I am ready to come to you. And I will not be a burden, for w I seek not what is yours but you. For x children are not obligated to save up for their parents, but y parents for their children.
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ἑτοίμως ἔχω ἐλθεῖν πρὸς ὑμᾶς,
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οὐ γὰρ ζητῶ τὰ ὑμῶν
ἀλλʼ ὑμᾶς.
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οὐ γὰρ ὀφείλει τὰ τέκνα τοῖς γονεῦσιν θησαυρίζειν
ἀλλʼ οἱ γονεῖς τοῖς τέκνοις.
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z I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls. If a I love you more, am I to be loved less?
ἐγὼ δὲ ἥδιστα δαπανήσω καὶ ἐκδαπανηθήσομαι ὑπὲρ τῶν ψυχῶν ὑμῶν.
εἰ περισσοτέρως ὑμᾶς ἀγαπῶ[ν],
ἧσσον ἀγαπῶμαι;
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2 Corinthians 12:14-15
Ἰδοὺ τρίτον τοῦτο ἑτοίμως ἔχω ἐλθεῖν πρὸς ὑμᾶς, καὶ οὐ καταναρκήσω• οὐ γὰρ ζητῶ τὰ ὑμῶν ἀλλʼ ὑμᾶς. οὐ γὰρ ὀφείλει τὰ τέκνα τοῖς γονεῦσιν θησαυρίζειν ἀλλʼ οἱ γονεῖς τοῖς τέκνοις.
ἐγὼ δὲ ἥδιστα δαπανήσω καὶ ἐκδαπανηθήσομαι ὑπὲρ τῶν ψυχῶν ὑμῶν. εἰ περισσοτέρως ὑμᾶς ἀγαπῶ[ν], ἧσσον ἀγαπῶμαι;
Here for the third time I am ready to come to you. And I will not be a burden, for I seek not what is yours but you. For children are not obligated to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.
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ἑτοίμως ἔχω ἐλθεῖν πρὸς ὑμᾶς,
καὶ οὐ καταναρκήσω•
οὐ γὰρ ζητῶ τὰ ὑμῶν
ἀλλʼ ὑμᾶς.
οὐ γὰρ ὀφείλει τὰ τέκνα τοῖς γονεῦσιν θησαυρίζειν
ἀλλʼ οἱ γονεῖς τοῖς τέκνοις.
I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls. If I love you more, am I to be loved less?
ἐγὼ δὲ ἥδιστα δαπανήσω καὶ ἐκδαπανηθήσομαι
ὑπὲρ τῶν ψυχῶν ὑμῶν.
εἰ περισσοτέρως ὑμᾶς ἀγαπῶ[ν],
ἧσσον ἀγαπῶμαι;
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Vocab Verbs καταναρκαω: to be a burden ὀφείλω: to be obligated θησαυρίζειν: to lay up δαπανάω: to spend ἐκδαπανάω: to be spent Adverbs ἥδιστα: very gladly ἧσσον: less, worse Translation Behold, (for) this third (time) I am ready to come to you, and I will not be a burden (to you). For I do not seek the things of you [ your stuff ], but (I seek) you. For children are not obligated to lay [ save ] up (for) the parents, but parents (are obligated to save up for) the children. Now I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls. Though loving you more, I am loved less. ~ N ew K noop J eremiah V ersion Devotional Notes: In this passage, the apostle Paul is defending the genuineness of his gospel ministry to the Corinthian church. He was no stranger to false accusations. Specific to this passage ( 2 Cor. 12:14-15 ), there were some who had accused Paul of taking advantage of the Corinthians through crafty deceit ( 12:16-17 ). They accused him of using his ministry as a means for self-gain. Paul responds by saying, “ You’ve got me all wrong. I’m not seeking what is yours… I’m seeking you . I’m not after your stuff; I’m after your soul . ” Then he says something absolutely profound: I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls . Three things to note about this statement: · First : he is willing to spend [ δαπανάω ] his life-resources (apostolic gifts, time, energy, emotions, health…) on their salvation. This is profound because he is spending his life on a people who love him less and less for his efforts ( 12:15b ). [*** Note the use of this word to describe the lavish spending of the prodigal son in Luke 15:14 ] and the woman desperate for healing in Mark 5:26 ]. · Second : not only is he willing to spend his life on their salvation, but he is willing for his life to “ be spent ” in the process. In other words, this wasn’t a casual investment for Paul. Like the widow who gave all that she had ( Mark 12:41-44 ), Paul was willing to be utterly spent [ ἐκδαπανάω: to expend ( wholly ) , (figuratively) i .e. exhaust ] fo r the sake of their eternal souls. [*** Note similar expressions in Phil. 2:17 ; Col. 1:24 ]. · Third : he was glad to exhaust his life in gospel ministry to those who did not love him in return. He wasn’t just willing to be spent, but like Jesus, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross ( Heb. 12:2 ), Paul was very glad for his life to be spent in reaching a spiritually-hostile people with the gospel of Jesus. Application In one of the most radical passages in the Bible ( Luke 14:25-33 ), Jesus teaches His would-be-disciples what it means to “ count the cost ” ( v. 28 ). Bottom line: following Jesus is going to cost you something , and it could cost you everything . So, as we prepare to launch into full-time gospel ministry, the question that each of us must seriously entertain is: what could this cost ? Only a fool engages in Christian discipleship without wrestling through this question. According to the Bible (and 2,000 years of church history), following Jesus in bold, gospel proclamation comes with a cost. Normally, when we hear messages on “counting the cost” we tend think about "the big stuff": health, finances, house, your life (or the life of your family)… But there are other costs that are often involved when you say yes to taking the gospel across the globe: o Privacy o Your wife’s friendships o Your kids’ childhood o The “best years” of your life in what feels like a fruitless ministry What if God calls you to a mission field... · where you spend your 20’s and 30’s in a church that isn’t growing, · where you wife is verbally and emotionally abused by the community, · where your wife and your children don’t have any friends, and · where after two decades of ministry you have yet to see any fruit from your labors? Is it worth your wife’s heart and your children’s friendships and the “best years of your life" to lift up Jesus Christ to such a spiritually-hostile people who desperately need to see Him? Two Questions: 1. If it costs me everything, am I willing to spend my life on the salvation of others? 2. If it costs me everything, am I happy to spend my life on the salvation of others? “ I will gladly spend and be spent for your souls ” Paul’s ministry cost him much . Yet he said that the cost , which was significant , was nothing compared to the gain , which was Christ ( Phil. 3:7-8 ). He could write to a church that had slandered his ministry, and say, “it is my joy to spend all that I have for the sake of your salvation.” PRAYER : Father, our hearts are desperate to see Jesus as the richest treasure and the highest reward and the deepest happiness and the greatest gain in the universe. Fix our eyes on Him who is the radiance of the glory of God, and grant us a supernatural passion for others to join us in seeing and savoring Him as the greatest treasure in the universe – such that we could honestly say with Paul, “I am willing and very happy for my life to be spent on those who need to see Jesus.”
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