October 11, 2005
No Pain, No Gain
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
—2 Corinthians 12:9
Imagine spending time with some Christian friends, and the apostle Paul is among them. As you each share your spiritual experiences, someone says, “I remember a time when I sensed God’s presence. It was so real to me.”
The next person says, “I can remember the time God healed me. He did a miracle in my life.”
“What about you, Paul?” another person asks.
“Well, I remember the time I was caught up to heaven and saw God.”
Can you imagine having an experience like that? When he wrote to the believers in
This is something we need to remember when we look at those whom God is using. They may be under an attack that we can’t see. So instead of envying them or criticizing them, we should be praying for them. Because spiritual leadership has its costs. Paul certainly knew that from experience.
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