Discouragement In Ministry
Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart
In your witness for Christ, do you ever get discouraged to the point of wanting to quit and do something else?
Living for Christ is not always glamorous, from the world's point of view. It can be very difficult.
In his "Remember All the Way," William C. Townsend related the story of an evangelist who was facing discouragement and criticism. On day he said to a colleague, "Don Guillermo, I'm going to quit."
Guillermo replied, 'Why do you give your resignation to me? When you began your service, you said the Lord Jesus Christ was calling you to tell others about Him. I think you'd better present your resignation to the One who called you. Let's get down on our knees here, and you tell Him that you are going to quit. Let Him hear what you've just told me, that it's too hard, that too many people criticize you. Tell the Lord. He's the One who sent you."
"Well, I hesitate to do that," the evangelist replied. "I'm afraid He'll tell me to stay with the job."
"If that's what He wants, don't you think you'd better stay?"
"Yes, I think I should!" Taking new courage and refusing to look back, the evangelist went on with His calling.
If you ever feel that it is getting too tough for you, consider the apostle Paul, without whom we may have never heard the gospel. He said that on five different occasions he had been scourged with 39 lashes. He also related, "Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea. I have traveled many weary miles. I have faced danger from flooded rivers and from robbers... I have faced danger in the cities, in the deserts, and on the stormy seas. And I have faced danger from men who claim to be Christians but are not. I have lived with weariness and pain and sleepless nights. Often I have been hungry and thirsty and have gone without food. Often I have shivered with cold, without enough clothing to keep me warm" (2 Corinthians 11:24-27, NLT).
But Paul went on to say, "Now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may work through me. Since I know it is all for Christ's good, I am quite content with my weaknesses and with insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong" (vs.9-10).
This does not just apply to Christian work. Wherever God has placed us, let us endure "so that the power of Christ" may work through us.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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