Paul’s Thorn and the Use of Spiritual Gifts

Was Paul’s thorn in the flesh

Composed of sickness or disease?

Persecution? Disability?

A cough that made him wheeze?

 

This much we know: a messenger of Satan

 brought the thorn.

Should we accept such messages

 or laugh them all to scorn?

 

Jesus sometimes cast out

spirits of infirmity

if somebody was suffering.

He healed them all for free.

 

He said those who believed

“will do the exact same things as me.”

If Paul’s thorn was as illness,

Jesus had the remedy.

 

As he told the suffering apostle,

“My grace is your key.

I make my power perfect in

Your weakness, don’t you see?

 

“In James it says resist the devil

And he has to flee.

But you can’t fight him on your own.

You must rely on me.”

 

So, if Paul’s thorn was an illness,

   He had grace to fight it.

God gave him power to resist,

   But how did he ignite it?

 

For grace comes to the humble,

Not to those who walk in pride.

  To keep his ego small,

 Paul’s thorn was stuck into his hide.

 

 To rid himself of it,

I think he had to bend his knee

And have the Jesus people

Pray for him to be set free.

 

“For you are all Christ’s body,”

He had told them.

“You’re the church.

  When someone has a problem,

  You don’t leave them in the lurch.

 

  One has a word of knowledge,

Some have faith for miracles,

Another has a wisdom word

To give to cure my ills.

 

I’m not a super Christian,

I need all of your support.

Don’t anybody hide their light,

Don’t anyone fall short.

 

Combine your gifts, united stand,

Let each one have a turn.

It’s time, the vision to fulfill

For which our Lord does yearn.

 

 Let all divisive thorns be scorned

As sister works with brother,

Fulfilling Jesus’ words

To love and honor one other.

 

Author: C R Flamingbush

C.R. Flamingbush grew up in Wheaton, Illinois and graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in German and linguistics. After working seven years for the Department of Defense (an easy job), she took on the most difficult challenge in the world: a lifetime career of raising four children. Along the way she developed a passion for writing Christian superhero fantasy. She enjoys humor because it's Biblical (see the second psalm) and she loves to make people laugh - whether through her writings, her art, or just by being herself. Writing fantasy is her way of poking fun at human foibles and all the ridiculous ideas that so easily beset the human race, while at the same time honoring God in every way she can. Flamingbush has been a member of Faithwriters since 2010, and several of her winning contest entries have been published by Fresh Air Press. She likes Fan Story and has been a Narnia fan since the age of ten. In terms of influence, she aspires to be the next C.S. Lewis but has quite a ways to go in that regard. Speed of Sight, a Superhero Adventure, is her first novel. A sequel is in the works.

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