Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says,
“In a favorable time I listened to you,
and in a day of salvation I have helped you.”
Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We put no obstacle in anyone's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.
—2 Corinthians 6:1-10
by: Gabrielle Watt.
God has called, equipped, and commissioned us as believers for ministry. That does not mean that we are exempt from the calamities that come from being in that kind of service. Paul emphasized that despite our hardships, it is important remain focused on the assignment we have been called to fulfill. Our ability to remain faithful is a direct testament to the fact that “God’s power is working in us” (v.7b, NLT). Our commitment to this work in which we are enlisted should not be contingent on the actions or reactions of others—for the attacks will come—but solely on God’s calling on our lives.