For the Sake of the Gospel
It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities. (2 Corinthians 12:1-5)
You should expect to hear from God because He wants to speak to you. God speaks to mankind in several different ways. Paul mentioned in 2 Corinthians 12:1-5 that God spoke to him in visions and revelations. Revelations can mean several things. It can mean a revelation of things that are yet to happen, a revelation of God's will about a specific situation, or disclosure of God's plan and His desired outcome.
God honored Paul with revelations and visions that we know and teach today. However, let us not forget that Paul also went through shipwrecks, was beaten several times, stoned and left for dead and abandoned by people he trusted. Satan wanted to kill Paul, so the revelations that God gave him would not be spread throughout the church.
Paul wasn't one to puff his chest out and talk about his own amazing feats. Instead, he said that his infirmities testified about the glory of God. Paul was willing to suffer difficulty and pain for the sake of the Gospel because he believed that God was using him to change the world. Even our scars have a story of God’s saving kindness and power.
Practical Application – What has God asked you to do that was uncomfortable? Decide to do something uncomfortable to help the Gospel advance in our world.
Acts 9:16; 1 Corinthians 4:11