(2 Corinthians 6:1-10) – a commendable ministry.
Paul had several moments throughout his ministry life where he felt it necessary to defend against some of the accusations being made toward him by scoffers.
It’s not always necessary to refute these sorts of things, sometimes the truth speaks for itself, but there may be times when lies about us are spoken and we must testify to the truth for God’s sake.
God had not only called Paul to be an ambassador for Him, He’d also called him to be an Apostle, a title that carried unique authority and weight.
It was necessary for Paul, in this letter especially, to testify to the truth about himself and his ministry so that he could continue serving these people without hindrance.
And in these verses we get a clear picture of what Paul’s ministry really looked like.
A lot could be said about it, but the things I pull away from this description are…
– Ministry is not for the faint of heart.
– You have to be thick-skinned sometimes, can’t take things too personally.
– Public opinion and Divine evaluation will often be very different when it’s all said and done.
Ministry is hard. There are a lot of tough things, and at the same time a lot of rewards.
When you think about your life and personal ministry, how would your description compare to Paul’s? Everyone’s ministry will look different to a degree, but many of the things that are mentioned should be universal realities for anyone serving the Lord.
Don’t receive the grace of God in vain!