“But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses…” 2 Corinthians 6:4
It is a great privilege to be ministers of God, but as Paul points out, with that privilege comes pain and suffering. The apostle Paul understood this better than most. Despite their shortcomings, the Corinthians were a blessing to him. They loved him and he loved them, yet they also caused Paul a lot of pain and suffering. He experienced the full range of emotions as a minister of God, from the heights of joy to the depths of sorrow, which he openly expressed in this letter.
Like Paul, God has also given us the ministry of reconciliation. While this is a great privilege, it brings with it pain and suffering. As ministers of God we are told to have much patience. The word “patience” means “to stay under pressure”. In other words, HANG IN THERE! When is seems all things are falling apart, HANG IN THERE! Why? Because as Paul says in Romans 8:28, “We know all things work together for good, to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
As a minister of God there will be times He will allow us to feel as though everyone is coming against us and everything is falling apart. He allows this to happen in order that we might come to a place of knowing we can’t do it on our own. But if we remain determined to HANG IN THERE, the power of God will come in like a flood and fill our hearts with His love. In Romans 8:39 Paul encourages that “nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Does it feel like everyone is coming against you and that everything is falling apart today? If so, HANG IN THERE and ask the word of the Lord and the work of the Holy Spirit to minister to you. That’s exactly what we will be doing on Sunday morning as we open 2 Corinthians 2:3-10 for a message titled “Marks of Ministry”.
God bless you all and hope to see you there!