“Am I not an apostle? Am I not free? Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord?” (1 Corinthians 9:1)
Apostle Paul… many of us hear that name and think of teacher, new testament writer and hard core missionary. As we read about his actions in the book of Acts and study his letters throughout the scriptures, we can easily see God’s hand on His life. Yet, even this incredible man of God had to deal with people questioning his role as apostle and not just unbelievers, but believers who Paul himself had led to the Lord.
So, what are we to do when we begin to serve God only to find ourselves faced with discouraging words from those we thought we knew? We need to pray for them and then we continue walking with the Lord. It’s in Christ that we find our encouragement and it’s in Christ that we find strength during those battles. I’ll go ahead and tell you now that serving God is not going to lessen the number of nay-sayers; it’s going to bring more. Of course, while we may face harsh words from those around us, the sweetest words ever to be heard lay before us when Christ says, “well done good and faithful servant.”
“The more good we do, or impact or influence we have, the more people will speak ill of us.”
Heavenly Father, Thank You for my life and for the forgiveness I have through Jesus. Thank You for the opportunities I have to serve You and serve others. Lord, as I step out in faith and begin serving You, may I look to You for my encouragement regardless of what men say. Father, keep me focused on You no matter the circumstance. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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