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
Ever see a phone call that you don’t want to answer? Do you ever just let it go to voicemail?
Anyone who wants to accomplish something great (especially for God) will have a full life filled up like a mixed bag of stuff. Paul gave an ample description of his calling and ministry. What was his biggest concern? That he pleased the Lord and did not discredit the ministry to which he was called. When we know our “vocation” or calling, we should treat it as holy and do our best. What others say about us will be much less important. After all is said and done, we answer only to the one who called us.
In what ways have I lived out my calling? How diligent am I about fulfilling my ministry?
God, I am your servant. I will embrace what lies ahead in my calling as a minister, consultant and law student. Please continue to give me energy and insight to fulfill Your holy call. I am answering the call with zeal.