It seems that the pressures to get things done have mounted up lately and I wonder how to keep up with the demands of a worldwide ministry that God has clearly put His hand on. I absolutely love what we do, but there have been times when I am tempted to lose heart.
In this battle of trying to balance personal needs, marriage, family and ministry, I turned to a book that has often brought me perspective; Enjoying Intimacy with God, by J. Oswald Sanders. Let me give you a quote from this man of experience with God (page 128).
“Who of us has never been tempted to lose heart? Who has not been on the point of dropping his bundle? None of us is exempt from the subtle, debilitating attacks of our adversary on that level. Few are fortunate enough to escape periods of depression, whether as a result of adverse circumstances or in the tyranny of temperament. Paul had been no stranger to that malady of the soul is clear from his repeated assertions, “we do not lose heart…so we do not lose heart…so we are always of good courage…Yes, so we are of good courage”” (2 Corinthians 4:1, 16; 5:6, 8).
This second letter to Corinth was partly written because of those who wanted to discredit Paul and cast doubt on his apostleship and divert his effective work. On top of that, he lists all the trials he had endured up to this point in his ministry in Chapter 11.
How then could he maintain such a bright outlook. He gives us a clue in Chapter 4:7; “But we have this treasure [the light of the gospel] in jars of clay [human bodies], to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.” You and I will never know the power of this treasure unless we walk close to the Lord and let Him lift us up out of moments of testing with His glory (3:18).
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