Great Encouragement Heading Into Sunday

24 Nov

Here in America, there are some things that make this Sunday after Thanksgiving a challenging one for pastors and church members. For one thing, many people are traveling on this weekend. For those who are in the service, many are tired from a full weekend of shopping and eating and visiting with family.  Others are already feeling overwhelmed by the busy Christmas season. But as I was reading the Scriptures today, I came across a passage of great encouragement. If you are a pastor or teacher this passage will encourage you. May our hearts be like Paul’s as we come to the Lord’s Day . . .

2 Corinthians 4:1-7

Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. 2 But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.

If you are discouraged or weak or fearful tonight, meditate over this passage. Your ministry, your very life, is by the mercy of God. He will see you through and He will do powerful things through you as your heart is yielded to Him. He has shone His light into your heart, now you have the privilege, the joy, of shining. Shine, brothers and sisters who labor in preaching and teaching, for God’s glory and the joy of His people!

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