2 Corinthians 12:14-15a – “Now for the third time I am ready to come to you. And I will not be burdensome to you; for I do not seek yours, but you. For the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children. And I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls;”
Paul was a guy who put everything on the line for the cause of Christ. He had many difficulties and he got tired, like we all do, but that never stopped him. Why? The answer is pretty simple: ‘souls’.
Often I can find myself pretty tired… even in doing ‘good things’. When that’s the case I can have a tendency to moan and whine about how I don’t get the recognition I deserve, or I’m being taken advantage of, not paid enough, etc… But Paul didn’t ever do that. He was inspired to press on, and endure some pretty horrific things, for the purpose of winning souls. He cared so deeply for the spiritual state of others, that he never called it quits. I love the line: “I do not seek yours, but you”! Paul didn’t want people’s money or offerings or stuff… he wanted THEM. Awesome!
May you and I have an attitude, especially in ministry, like Paul’s. May we be motivated by our love for Jesus… and our authentic love for the people He loves enough to have died for.