Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
We do not give anyone an occasion for taking an offense in anything, so that no fault may be found with our ministry. 2 Corinthians 6.3
Paul was diligent in his effort to not stain his ministry after becoming an apostle. He adapted his message to his audience without changing the contents of the gospel. He would work at his trade when necessary and would preach full time when the funds were available.
He suffered many things in his efforts to work in the kingdom. In 2 Corinthians 6, he listed many of the things that he had suffered. The list was a long one. Many of the trials listed had happened to him more than once.
But he also mentioned things by which he had commended himself that were positive things, such as purity, knowledge, patience, benevolence, the Holy Spirit, genuine love, truthful teaching and the power of God.
Living life as a Christian will never be a bed of roses. There will be times passed in the valleys where the difficulties will be keenly felt. However, there will also be highs on the mountaintop where one can see God working in the lives of others!
One needs to ask the question: how do I navigate the suffering in my own life? Do I suffer at all? Or do I give in to denial when my faith is challenged? In 1 Peter 4.12-16, the scriptures say that “if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but glorify God that you bear such a name.”