Authentic Ministry

The most of II Corinthians 10 is about Paul responding to critics. He has already reminded the Corinthians that their own conversions validated the authenticity of his ministry. In Chapter 10, he appeals to God’s authority that was given to him to edify them. Some of his critics suggested that he “talked big” in his letters but in person, he was weak and his speech was contemptible. He cautions his critics that they will find that he can be just as powerful in person as they considered his letters to be. If need be, they will be confronted and will soon witness the authenticity of his God-Given ministry. Paul adds this further reminder of his ministry to, and concern for them. It was demonstrated in his coming so far to minister to them. What are we, who are born again, to draw from this? We should be certain that whatever ministry we are engaged in is actually God’s calling. We should pursue it in His strength and by His direction. It must be Scripturally sound. God’s using of our ministry should be obvious to those who receive it. If we are in His will, we can count on His validation. If our ministry operates this way, critics will be shown for what they are. Paul’s charge to Timothy in II Timothy 4:2;5 describes authentic ministry: “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine……….But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.” Some words from Fanny Crosby’s, “Will Jesus Find Us Watching?” seem applicable to those who minister: “Have we been true to the trust He left us? Do we seek to do our best? If in our hearts there is naught condemns us, we shall have a glorious rest.” Selah! If our ministries have their roots in God’s Word and will, the fruit will be evident in our lives and the lives of others.   Ron

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