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Will I throw up my hands and walk off the job? No way. I have to be clear about that. I am in this for all eternity. By the grace and mercy of Jesus, I will persevere to the end. It is not how we start but how we finish that is the key.

Sure, sometimes it gets really tough and it is tempting to give up. Even Paul could admit that.

Jesus never promised us it would always be easy. In fact, he did promise that we would see trouble and hard times. He also reminded us that he leads he way and he has overcome. The victory has been won and we can join him in that victory.

God is in a good mood. God is generous to us all the time no matter what.

Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart.[1]

2 Corinthians 4:1

Paul confessed to the Corinthians that his trials in Asia had almost brought him to despair (2 Cor. 1:8). Despite his great gifts and vast experience, Paul was human and subject to human frailties.

  • But how could he lose heart when he was involved in such a wonderful ministry?
  • Would God have entrusted this ministry to him so that he might fail?
  • Of course not! With the divine calling came the divine enabling; he knew that God would see him through.

A discouraged Methodist preacher wrote to the great Scottish preacher, Alexander Whyte, to ask his counsel. Should he leave the ministry? “Never think of giving up preaching!” Whyte wrote to him. “The angels around the throne envy you your great work!” That was the kind of reply Paul would have written, the kind of reply all of us need to ponder whenever we feel our work is in vain.[2]

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[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (2 Co 4:1). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[2] Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary (Vol. 1, p. 641). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.