Scripture:

2 Corinthians 6:8-10 – We serve God whether people honor us or despise us, whether they slander or praise us. We are honest, but they call us impostors. We are ignored even though we are well known. We live close to death even though we are still alive. We have been beaten, but we have not been killed. Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, yet we have everything.

Observation:

Paul and Timothy serve God through the power of the Holy Spirit regardless of their circumstances. The truth of the Gospel they preach is consistent, yet the very people who they brought the message to may choose to ignore it or even retaliate against the messenger. Paul’s ministry remains faithful through trial and hardship. Paul’s heart is broken for the lost, but he is spirt filled with joy. Poor by earthly standards, Paul is filled with spiritual riches that he shares and he wants for nothing.

Application:

When serving God, that is what must be kept first and foremost. We are privileged to be able to serve God! Hardships, trouble, people upset or wanting to shut down the message is all part of the territory. Therefore our service, is not conditional on acceptance or praise. Subsequently, our message is the truth that Jesus is our only hope to be made right with God through his sacrifice on the cross for our sins. There is not an alternate Gospel that is more palatable but has the saving power of Jesus work on the cross. God did this because he loves each and every one of us so much. Let this be enough to fill me to share His love and disciple others out of His love.

Prayer:

Father,
Please help remind me that it is a privilege to serve an all-powerful, all knowing, all loving God. Let my service not be deterred by trials or adversity from others. May your Spirit guide me to share your truth with love to those who are yet to know you.