…as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.
Paul and his co-labourers were servants of God who suffered greatly (2 Cor 6:4-10). They suffered what most of us have not suffered in the contexts in which we labour, although one day we could suffer these physical costs. However, there is always suffering associated with following Christ, and sometimes this suffering is clearly seen.
This week our American intern’s sister got married. Megan missed the wedding because she was laboring in New Zealand in the final week of a CCP. The cost she paid was high, and the tears she cried showed the pain she felt. Yet, in this, she has experienced the faithfulness of God and has had cause to rejoice at the women whom God has placed in her life that are drawn to her and are seeking to know Christ. Her sacrifice and tears are real; her joy is real too. In Christ, she possesses everything that truly lasts and satisfies. She is sorrowful, yet always rejoicing. Her poverty is making many rich.
Her life has been a humbling and beautiful thing to behold as Jesus has worked in her and through her in this time of personal loss so that His Kingdom can come through her. The sacrifice she has made imperfectly mirrors the sacrifice of our Saviour, and shows his worth and his greatness. He is the treasure in the field (Matthew 13:44) and we lose nothing of true value when we lay down everything to get that treasure.
What are you holding onto today that God would have you lay aside to make others rich? There may be sorrow associated with letting it go or saying yes to suffering and loss, but it also comes with great joy and possessing everything that is of true and lasting value.
-David Richards (Resource Director, CO Dunedin)
Pray for CO Lexington:
Sustained and deepened growth for our staff and leaders in the Gospel
7 contingent staff to be fully activated by September
First steps toward expansion into Cincinnati, OH
- Smooth and hassle free transitioning of our finances from Memphis to local church in Lexington