>In light of a society which exalts itself through self-aggrandisement Pauls words pierce like a thorn to the side:
1 Corinthians 4
9For seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like men condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men. 10We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored! 11To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. 12We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; 13when we are slandered, we answer kindly. Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse of the world. it
I don’t think these words were reserved for just the apolstles as a fact Paul later urges the reader to imitate him (4:16.) We imitate that which gives us the best return and looks best among others. What better return is received than that which is from God? What reputation is better than that which is God’s?