Did anyone feel like sinking down into the floor after reading this?
I know I did.
And don’t get me wrong.
The Word of God is not supposed to bring shame, guilt or condemnation upon us.
(If you ever feel this way, 10 times out of 10 satan himself is most likely behind that.)
That’s why Paul makes it clear that there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).
Yet, after reading these verses a few weeks ago, I really had to stop, ponder and consider how I was living.
I began asking myself some questions:
- Was the way I was living full-proofed in such a way that it wouldn’t cause someone else to stumble because of me?
- Would others find (or have they found) fault with me or how I serve?
- Was everything I was doing showing that I was truly a servant of God?
Paul then goes on to explain how it looks or how we can show we are true ministers of God.
We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind.
Have you felt like you’ve been beaten by life’s circumstances? Or perhaps you have been physically, emotionally or verbally beaten.
Have the cares of life or your present situation made you feel like you were in prison, trapped under the weight of it all?
Have you faced any kind of angry mobs (which translates in the Greek to instability, a state of disorder, disturbance, confusion)?
Have you been working to exhaustion, almost working yourself to the bone, maybe in the midst of your waiting?
Have you experienced any sleepless nights or gone without food?
I don’t say these two words to imply that this is easy to do.
This week, as you consider these conditions and others specific to your life, remember as Paul reminds us that the Holy Spirit is with you (v.6).
It’s the only way you can patiently endure.