Keep Going: Endurance & Service
“God knows our situation; He will not judge us as if we had no difficulties to overcome. What matters is the sincerity and perseverance of our will to overcome them.” – C.S. Lewis
Are you tired in your service to the Kingdom?
Do you feel like you’re not making any impact?
Do you think the people have given up on your leadership?
Maybe someone else could do better?
Have the embers of ministry and mission grown cold?
The important thing to remember is that you’re not alone…
Paul’s initial efforts at Corinth weren’t exactly what we would call “SUCCESSFUL” either.
Scripture tells us that the Jews of the city literally “resisted and BLASPHEMED” (Acts 18: 6) in response to Paul’s preaching. As a result, Paul moved to evangelizing the Gentiles of the city and by verses 9 and 10 you get the idea that he’s ready to be done with this Greek city…
HOWEVER, God wasn’t done with the city…
AND He wasn’t done with Paul…
“And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.” – Acts 18:9-10
God tells Paul to STAY… that the CITY IS HIS!
The result… verse 11:
“And he stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.”
That’s a significant investment of time and it reveals the extent of the Lord’s vision for the city of Corinth REGARDLESS of the trials Paul faced.
So what does that mean for those of us in the trenches of ministry? Teaching a Sunday School class, leading worship, preaching multiple times a week, or desperately trying to reach our neighbors and friends with the Gospel?
It means that in the midst of OPPOSITION, of DISCOURAGEMENT, of FATIGUE we must remember that the work we do is not our own… it is GOD’S WORK! It cannot be stymied, cannot be stopped, it cannot be opposed so easily!
The proof of this is further down in Acts 18. Jews from all across Asia unite to bring Paul before the proconsul, Gallio, and Scripture records this:
“But when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, ‘If it were a matter of wrongdoing or vicious crime, O Jews, I would have reason to accept your complaint. But since it is a matter of questions about words and names and your own law, see to it yourselves. I refuse to be a judge of these things.’ And he drove them from the tribunal.” – Acts 18:14-16
Before Paul could defend Himself, God had intervened on his behalf and granted Him favor before the Roman leader of all of Asia who threw out the case!
Therefore… dear believer, leader, volunteer, minister, preacher, pastor…
let us not allow our hearts to so easily be troubled for our God is working
AROUND US; THOUGH US; AND FOR US!
I always enjoy leaving you with a musical thought, this is a song by Matt Redman from his 10,000 Reasons album entitled, “Never Once”