2 Corinthians 4:1
Therefore, since we have this Ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart.
This is one of my favorite scriptures about working in Ministry. The Apostle Paul, who wrote this book makes three simple, but essential points.
1. WE HAVE THIS MINISTRY
To minister means to serve. It doesn’t mean you have to preach or teach; it just means you serve in a particular area of the Kingdom of God. Paul said, “This Ministry.” What is that for you? As you read this, say it out loud or speak it in your mind. Know what it is that you do, and do it with all your might.
2. WE HAVE RECEIVED MERCY
This is why we’re able to minister. We do not deserve it, and we certainly didn’t earn it. But because of God’s Mercy, we are privileged to be in the Ministry. You and I could have easily been excluded from the call of God, but I am so thankful that my mistakes didn’t stop Him from using me. We should never forget, every time we minister, that it’s only by His Mercy. When I’m preaching, God doesn’t see my past failures; He sees me doing what He predestined me to do.
3. WE DO NOT LOSE HEART
To lose heart means to become so discouraged that you quit, or give up. Ministry is not easy, and at times you will feel so overwhelmed that you think it’s too much to handle. I’ve been there, and I understand it completely. But I believe Paul is encouraging us by saying, God has given each of us a unique calling, and no matter how challenging it is, we must take our gift and keep ministering. Yes, we could give up serving, but what if God had given up on reaching for us when we were lost? Somebody needs the Mercy of God that will come through your specific Ministry. So, please, I know you might be tired, stressed, overwhelmed, and even hurt; but you have a Ministry, you have been shown Mercy, now let this be your motivation to not lose heart.