On Monday, I officially start my new calling in an evangelistic ministry. Of course, God had me read this passage today – Paul’s description of his life as an evangelist:
We do not want anyone to find fault with our work, so nothing we do will be a problem for anyone.… in every way we show we are servants of God: in accepting many hard things, in troubles, in difficulties, and in great problems.
We are beaten and thrown into prison. We meet those who become upset with us and start riots. We work hard, and sometimes we get no sleep or food….
Some people honor us, but others blame us. Some people say evil things about us, but others say good things. Some people say we are liars, but we speak the truth...
We have much sadness, but we are always rejoicing. We are poor, but we are making many people rich in faith. We have nothing, but really we have everything. 2 Corinthians 6: 3, 4b-5, 8, 10 NCV
I wonder if many would enter the pastorate in America if this passage was part of their job description?
How convicting for me to think what Paul and his colleagues were willing to endure – and did endure – for the sake of “making many people rich in the faith,” for the work of sharing the message of the Cross with a dying world.
It’s scary to think I may face more troubles, maybe no food (certainly sleeplessness), being blamed, being accused… But it’s TOTALLY worth it because even if I have nothing, in Christ, I have everything!
And this passage also makes me wonder WHY the leaders of the American church don’t suffering like this.
Is this the life the True Christian Worker should be living?
Today’s Readings: Isaiah 19:1-20:6, Psalm 106:40-48, Proverbs 25:13, 2 Corinthians 6:1-7:1. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts. Your daily blogger, Holiday Longing (Reproduce with permission only)