Hope in Ministring


II Corinthians 6:9-10 "As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things."


Paul seemed to rejoice in things that we try to avoid: 

  • Anonymity,
  • Death,
  • Chastisement,
  • Sorrow,
  • Poverty


In fact, these are part of a list that he gives for those who are in the ministry of God:  Not just pastors or full-time church staff members, but all who are "workers together with him." (I Corinthians 6:1a)


Bottom line:  If we want to be God's servants  

(in our Home, in our Church, in our Workplace, in our World),

we are going to face difficulties.


There are 2 reasons:

  1. Christ uses difficulties to teach us about Himself, to draw us closer to Him, to chastise us and to make us more Christlike.
  2. Satan is going to try to hinder our service.  The more Christ-like we become, the more power we have to reach others for the Lord.


So the trials, hardships, tribulations in our lives???  It's ALL good!

Either Christ is doing a work in us because He loves us so much; OR we are doing such a great job of ministring God's grace to others, that Satan is running scared!

Our storms take on a Divine glow when we know they have a greater purpose.


I Peter 4: 12-13a "Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:  But rejoice…"

I Peter 4:14 "If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you"