by Corey Sawyers
Spreading the Gospel is sometimes “a tough row to hoe.” Doing good can sometimes be tough. Remaining faithful is rarely easy. It is easy to get discouraged when we face the obstacles we sometimes do. Paul was one who was not unfamiliar with difficulties in the Lord’s work. In II Corinthians 4:1, the inspired apostle writes, “Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart.” There are two big reasons why he would not get discouraged.
The first reason we should not get discouraged is THE MINISTRY. In context he is talking about the ministry of the New Covenant. Paul was an apostle (one who is sent), and a preacher of this Good News. We, each and every Christian, are also tasked with going into our communities and sharing the Gospel of Jesus with all around us (Mt. 28:18-20). What a great work to be involved in! Whether folks accept it or not does not change the power, beauty nor greatness of this ministry!
The second reason we should not get discouraged is THE MERCY. We often think of mercy as escaping punishment from sin through Christ, and rightfully so. But have you ever though of mercy as the opportunity to share the Gospel? Paul did! He knew that he did not deserve to be a carrier of the greatest message known to man! But, realizing what a great privilege it was, how could he lose heart? How could he not constantly be filled with joy and pride knowing he was involved in the work of the Creator of the Universe?
It may be a tough work that we have undertaken in working within the Lord's Kingdom. However, brethren, do not get discouraged! We are blessed to have this ministry by the mercy of God! So, let us labor for the Master every day!
(Article Inspired by Will Hanstein’s II Corinthians Class at BVBID)