Some people become ministry leaders to get respect and admiration. But St. Paul says real ministry involves many hardships.
Here is the key Bible passage, with the key phrase underlined:
2 Corinthians 6:3-10. We give no occasion of stumbling in anything, that our service may not be blamed, 4 but in everything commending ourselves, as servants of God, in great endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses, 5 in beatings, in imprisonments, in riots, in labors, in watchings, in fastings; 6 in pureness, in knowledge, in perseverance, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in sincere love, 7 in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, 8 by glory and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; 9 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
commending ourselves, as servants of God. This passage tells us what the life of an authentic ministry leader is like. These are the things Paul brags about!
It is worth asking whether you know any Christian leader who brags about any of the things Paul mentions.
fastings. In those verses, Paul describes the life of an authentic apostle. Most of the things he lists are hardships. Among them is fasting. Fasting is part of the ministry of an apostle.
Does your ministry leader fast?
If you are a ministry leader, do you fast?
Fasting is only for those who are medically capable. Check with your health care provider. Experts say you need to be under the supervision of a doctor during the time of a fast.
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