(2 Corinthians 12:11-21) – “I will gladly spend myself and all I have for you…”
Real ministry involves sacrifice.
It involves giving of yourself in ways that are vulnerable and difficult at times.
Again, Paul didn’t have to prove himself to these people, he’d already done so much to verify his status before God as a special servant. He’d already done enough to convince anyone that his motives were pure in what he was doing.
And yet, sometimes, no matter what you do, people are going to think what they’re going to think. Nothing will change their mind.
That’s why you can’t live for others acceptance. If you do, you may die from their rejection (that’s a Lecrae lyric).
And even though that’s where Paul was (loving more and more while being loved less and less), he didn’t let that stop him from doing all that God had called him to.
The level of love we’re giving in our ministries shouldn’t be determined by the level of love we’re receiving. That’s conditional in nature, and unlike our Lord.
God says we love no matter what we receive in return, and the reason is because we have been loved that way by God.
We extend the love of God onto others, that’s what it means to be an ambassador.
And to do that for the Lord is a joy. Because He has given His all for me, I will gladly spend myself for others.