Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.
by: Benny Uhlich.
Paul embraced the privilege of suffering on behalf of the church in His service to God. When we fully and truly allow God to work through us to accomplish His will, chances are we will end up sacrificing something. Whether it is a risk of imprisonment, physical danger, a negative public reputation, or just the potential inconvenience involved, there is always something we are choosing to sacrifice for the sake of the church and our Father’s will. Suffering for the church can show itself in a number of different forms, but despite that we should dedicate ourselves to will of our mighty God.