2 Corinthians 4:1
“Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;”
When we talk about someone being in the ministry, we often think of the pastor in the ministry. Many have talked about the requirements of a pastor and what God expects from them, and rightfully so. The pastor is an example and leader to God’s people. The pastor holds a sacred position that should not be abused. As God’s representative, the pastor should be very careful how he lives and how he leads God’s people.
However, whoever is saved is also in God’s ministry. God didn’t save the believer to sit and do nothing, but He saved them and calls them to serve Him in the ministry. Because you are in the ministry, you should hold yourself to a higher standard. Paul said, “Therefore seeing we have this ministry…” He is saying that because you are in the ministry, there are several things that you should do. Let me show you what God expects from you because you are in His ministry.
First, seeing we have this ministry, you should renounce worldly living. Verse 2 shows the importance of lifestyle. My friend, you are a representative of God. You should not look or live like the world. Be careful that you don’t try to bring God’s ministry down to the world, but try to bring the world up to where God expects them to be by how you live. Your lifestyle does matter to God because you are in the ministry.
Second, seeing we have this ministry, preach Christ. The purpose of you being in the ministry is to make the Gospel known to the lost world. You are going to find that the more you live like the world, the less you will talk about Christ. You are the only mouthpiece that will make known the Gospel of Christ to the world. Don’t let the world go to Hell because you never share the Gospel with them.
Third, seeing we have this ministry, be filled with the Holy Ghost. Verse 7 shows the importance of having God’s power on your life. The Gospel of Christ will impact more people the more that you are empowered by the Holy Ghost. You can try to do God’s work in your own power and fail, or you can be filled with God’s power and see Him use you beyond your imagination. There are no limits to what God will do when the power of the Gospel is proclaimed by a believer who is empowered by the Holy Ghost.
Fourth, seeing we have this ministry, endure trials. Verse 8 shows that the believer is going to face trials in life, and when you do, you must realize it is not time to stop serving the LORD. How you face your trials will impact your message of the Gospel to the lost world. The lost world will see the importance of the Gospel when you continue to tell it even when you are going through trials.
Fifth, seeing we have this ministry, don’t quit. It is easy to become weary with the ministry, but you must never let the difficulty of the ministry cause you to quit. The quitting points of life can be turned into powerful opportunities to show God’s omnipotence IF you don’t quit.
My friend, keeping your eyes on the eternal is the only way to make these things happen as you serve Christ. You are in the ministry; don’t take it lightly what God has called you to do. The ministry Christ gives you a great responsibility to live according to how God would want you to live; don’t disappoint God.