“We live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us, and no one will find fault with our ministry. In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind. We have been beaten, been put in prison, faced angry mobs, worked to exhaustion, endured sleepless nights, and gone without food. We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us, and by our sincere love. We faithfully preach the truth. God’s power is working in us. We use the weapons of righteousness in the right hand for attack and the left hand for defense. We serve God whether people honor us or despise us, whether they slander us 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, but 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, and yet we have everything.” 2 Corinthians 6:3-10 NLT
Paul was speaking of his hardships in ministry. He had experienced a vast range of difficulties and yet remained true to Jesus. Nothing could sway his focus from his call. He was steadfast in his commitment to Christ. His character was proven by his consistent practice of Christlike attributes. No matter what happened or what others said about him, or did to him, he remained faithful to the gospel of Jesus.
We, too must stay the course regardless of what happens or what others say about us or do to us. For the sake of Christ, let's keep our focus and refuse to act in any way that isn't like Jesus.
Prayer for today: Father, in Jesus name, help me stay focused in my walk with you. Holy Spirit, help me behave in a manner that displays godly character.
Rev. Curtis Norris