The pressure of difficult times helps us to value life and apply ourselves more effectively for God and humanity. Every time our life is spared and given back to us after a trial, it is like a new beginning.
When humans experience great suffering, we learn tenderness and gentleness. This helps us to be honest about our feelings and to relate to and assist others who are suffering.
Paul learned by suffering. He was obligated to Christ, who died for him, and all the people for whom Christ died. In 2 Corinthians 4:1-2, he wrote, “Therefore, since through God's mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.”
As believers, we have that same duty unto the Lord. He has entrusted to us His gospel and mysteries that we may be found faithful. God owns everything, including us. We who enjoy salvation are to manage His resources, both physical and spiritual. His dominion is over all seen and unseen things, and He has called us by His mercy and grace. Therefore, we are debtors – stewards to manage the gifts He gave us.
This is about God and who He is and who He desires us to become. It is our journey – listening, learning, and living according to His Word. Sin, our enemy, affects our stewardship; but it has been overcome by His blood. This changes every aspect of our life, both physically and spiritually.
The gospel is that we can overcome sin in our life and the present circumstances in which we live. We are to apply His Word in His service to society – even though it is willing to live in sin. This inflicts a great toll on us personally; but, we have been given the power of prayer to turn society around.
Choate Baptist Church welcomes you to join us for Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Worship at 11 a.m., and our Sunday and Wednesday evening services at 7 p.m. Brother Odom’s message can also be heard on Radio KAML, AM 990, Sundays at 8:30