Todays’s Scripture: Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; 2 Corinthians 4:1

The world has always rejected Christ, but we are seeing more and more people becoming hostile to the things of God. The news portrays evangelicals as if they are as much of a threat as terrorists. Churches are criticized for taking stands on the Word of God. The moral decay is reaching depths rarely seen in history.

We could look at the world and think it is hopeless. However, we must not give up. When things are the bleakest, that is when the light shines brightest. Now that Christ is in Heaven, we are the light of the world, but they won’t be able to see the light if we are afraid to shine. We cannot be content to let the world hide us under a bushel basket.

The Apostle Paul faced much adversity. From being beaten, to being shipwrecked, to being cast in prison, to his own countrymen trying to kill him, he suffered more problems than we can imagine. Yet when he wrote to the Corinthians, he could say, “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-10

Paul did not say that he was physically or emotionally strong enough to handle all of these problems. Instead, he shared that he had the strength that he needed because of God’s grace and provision. He didn’t allow the problems he was facing to destroy him. He could press on because he realized the ministry he had was far more important than any temporary earthly problems he faced.

If we give up, we will not receive the rewards that we would have received if we had pressed on. We need to remember that the purpose of our lives is to give glory to God. If we give up when faced with the trials, the world will not see the light of Christ. We must determine that whatever we face, we will press on because the ministry we have is the only hope for our world.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.