"Ad for an Apostle"
My Dear Son,
After reviewing the advertisement copy you intend to place in the Jerusalem Post,
I feel a few corrections are in order. While yes, God is certainly looking for a few good men and women to serve as Apostles,
your job description is a tad misleading. Allow me to bring some apostolic correction.
First, you have written: Be
An Apostle of God, See The World!
Certainly this is true. Apostles have Trans local ministries and do travel. I seldom
stayed anywhere for more than 6 months during my ministry. The arrest warrants were great motivators to help me keep moving!
However, you neglected to mention that most of this world tour will be as a prisoner in chains, seen through the peepholes
of slave ships, often spent in royal prisons waste deep in human excrement fighting the rats for scraps of food. Describing
the perks of the job as Exotic, while technically true, is disingenuous.
Next, you wrote: Have God's Power! Do Miracles!
The Marks Of An Apostle Can Be Yours!
Again, this is all true. However, you neglect to mention that the
wow today with divine authority will flog you, stone you, and often crucify you the next day. Remember that Jesus is the Chief
of all Apostles and for heaven's sake, look what happened to him!
While the marks of an Apostle are, according to 2
12:12, "Signs and wonders and mighty deeds, wonders, and
miracles," you deftly failed to mention that the
marks of an Apostle are also on his back. I wrote in 1 Corinthians 4:9-13, "For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles,
last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. We are fools for
Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored!
To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless. And we labor, working
with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure; being defamed, we entreat. We have been made as
the filth of the world, the offscouring (scum) of all things until now."
I don't know where anyone gets the idea we
are supposed to be hopping about in private jets, taking royal cruises with the latest CCM musical flavor of the month, and
hobnobbing with celebrities. I was facing beasts at Ephesus, the perils of robbers, the sword, stoning, false brethren, shipwrecks,
and the always-present danger of the heresies of self-appointed Super Apostles! Where do these people get off with this? The
call to Apostleship is a non-commutable death decree! Remember the Cross?
Please rework your Apostolic ad copy to include
condemned to death, spectacles, fools for Christ, weak, dishonored, hungry and thirsty, poorly clothed, beaten,
homeless, reviled, persecuted, defamed, filth of the world, and don't forget the tag line from my ministry business card,
"scum of the earth." These are the terms you've left out of your Madison Avenue Apostolic Ministry Ad.
One of my personal
favorite verses penned by my ever-faithful
traveling companion Luke is Acts 21:32. "He immediately took
centurions, and ran down to them. And when they saw the commander and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul." They stopped
beating me. Oh, the countless joys of my calling!
You might consider rewording the Retirement Plan portion as well.
While the eternal aspects of ruling and reigning with Christ are truly beyond description, still, that bit about touring the
Coliseum in Rome hurt. Many of my friends were martyred there, mauled to death by beasts, used as lambs for the slaughter
in the gladiator games, sometimes being tied to posts, set on fire, and used as human torches while they died screaming and
worshipping in the flames.
The call to be an Apostle of the Lord Jesus is a clarion call to
service, hardship, and
death. While the truth might not sell well on Madison Avenue, it will certainly separate the wolves from the Shepherds.
to all from your favorite ambassador in chains,
The Apostle Paul.
- Written by Bryan Hupperts