Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.A quick summary and then the punchline:
For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
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;
For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. (selected from I Corinthians 4)
God not only has called us to ministry, but He's had mercy on us. This is a calling to:
- Show the same mercy on others.
- Speak the truth in love.
- Exalt Christ.
- Experience weakness, trials, and affliction:
So that the power is of God not of us.
To receive abundant grace.
To be renewed daily.
To bring about eternal glory.
To keep our eyes off the temporal and on the eternal.
So weakness, trials, and afflictions make your ministry more effective! Keep the faith and welcome these blessings from God; you'll be even more fruitful!