PJ’s Daily Devotional for Monday, January 16, 2017
How are you responding to your circumstances?
Paul writes, “We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything” (2 Corinthians 6:3-10).
Are you willing to allow all things in your life to point to God’s grace and the ministry of the Gospel?
Read through the long list again found in 2 Corinthians 6:3-10. What do you see? Is the Christian life all health, wealth, and prosperity? Is the Christian life the American Dream of the pursuit of happiness? How does sobering reality of this list—the good, bad, and ugly of it—make you feel?
It should not surprise you that hardship, persecution, and suffering are a part of the Christian life. Even a cursory reading of Jesus’ words and the New Testament will testify to this reality. But contemporary Gospel-proclaimers and Bible-teachers have minimized this teaching in many churches and locations, and that does not and has not helped the cause of Christ.
The world is watching us and how we respond to the curve balls that are thrown at us!
We need followers of Jesus Christ who are willing & able to testify to the goodness of God in every one of these realities of the Christian life. It is not your circumstances that testify to the grace of God; it is how you walk through your circumstances that testifies to the Gospel!
Don’t let your circumstances determine your ministry; rather, use your circumstances to testify to your ministry!