Behold, now is “the acceptable time,” behold, now is “the day of salvation”— giving no cause for offense in anything, so that the ministry will not be discredited, but in everything commending ourselves as servants of God, in much endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses, in beatings, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in hunger, in purity, in knowledge, in patience, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in genuine love, in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left, by glory and dishonor, by evil report and good report; regarded as deceivers and yet true; as unknown yet well-known, as dying yet behold, we live; as punished yet not put to death, as sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet making many rich, as having nothing yet possessing all things. 2 Corinthians 6:2-10
The apostle Paul reminded the believers in Corinth to place a high value on their role in the ministry. Every Christian is a witness for the cause of Jesus Christ. After reminding us that God was there for us and brought about our salvation when we called out to Him, Paul says be ready for what God is doing in someone else’s life who is calling out to Him, now. I marvel at all the ways we are to exemplify this service to God.
Does this list describe my attitude and behavior? Am I serving God in a way that credits the ministry or discredits the ministry?
God, I certainly want to be someone who inspires others to love You and desire a relationship with You. If there is anything in my life right now that would give offense, please reveal it to me. Help me be one who exemplifies a passionate commitment to You, Your Cause and Community.