Most people won’t tell you this. Their favorite subject to talk about is themselves. Some do so at every opportunity. The rest of us roll our eyes and grin as we look for the nearest exit. Others talk about themselves as a teachable moment. That’s what Paul is doing here. The focus isn’t selfish; it’s coming from a fire for God within him. That fire burns up self focus; it burns for others and it has no desire for attention. Self focus will produce self doubt, the kind that Eve bit into when that crafty serpent convinced her that she was not already created in God’s image. Shame lured her by implying she was not enough. By turning away from God to self improvement through another source, our original parents caused sin to enter the world that day. But now we talk about our new hope. Our new favorite subject is Jesus, the One who, despising the shame, endured the humiliation and torture of being the subject of our scorn. Our favorite subject is our future with Him.
“Will you put up with a little foolish aside from me? Please, just for a moment. The thing that has me so upset is that I care about you so much—this is the passion of God burning inside me! I promised your hand in marriage to Christ, presented you as a pure virgin to her husband. And now I’m afraid that exactly as the Snake seduced Eve with his smooth patter, you are being lured away from the simple purity of your love for Christ.”
2 Corinthians 11:1-3 MSG