To my shame, I must say, we were too weak for that!
But whatever anyone else dares to boast of—I am speaking as a fool—I also dare to boast of that. Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they offspring of Abraham? So am I. Are they servants of Christ? I am a better one—I am talking like a madman—with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death. Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.
—2 Corinthians 11:21b-27
by: Kennedy Ochs.
There are times when following what the Bible says can feel like a burden—when obeying God’s will seems insane and the cost too high. It would be easier on those days to forget what has been asked of us and to instead do what we want. But then we look at Paul and all the suffering he went through. Have we been through anything close to that? Paul’s example reminds us, despite the trials that we will face, that spreading the gospel is always worth it—no matter the cost. He never hesitated despite the enormous suffering he endured. I hope we can do the same.