My reading is from 1 Cor.4:11 using the "passion translation. The key phrase in this verse are the words "If you could see us now."
My answer to the above phrase would be, "what would you come to know if you could get in a time machine and travel back in time, what effect would it have on your present concepts of what we call the "Apostolic?"
We don't have access to a time machine just yet, but we can use the Apostles words in this very verse to transport us back in time and get some understanding to what the D.N.A. of a New Testament Apostle looks like.
In order to do this lets consider the following list of things that Paul gives us in this verse (using the Passion Trans.) You would see them:
3. Poorly clothed.
4. Brutally treated.
5. No roof over their heads.
The above list really brings things into perspective the differences of our world and theirs, especially when you compare it to the self proclaimed Apostles of our time. Let me stress its not about being poor, I do not subscribe to the view that to be poor is to be humble and closer to God. It is about the attitude of our hearts, whether we look on earthly goods in our secular age as things to worship and treat them with eternal value? Its solidifies and identifies where our hearts are, for Jesus said where your hearts are that is where your treasure is [Mt. 6:21]
How do we respond to being both rich and poor? The Apostle Paul said he had learnt to be content in whatever situation he found himself in, [Phil. 4:11] If we can learn to embrace both sides of the coin God can trust us with His riches so that we can be a blessing to the Nations.