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-Paul’s Lessons For Servants

Paul’s Lessons For Servants A thorn in the flesh was given to me ... I pleaded with the Lord ... that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:7-9NKJV

Is good health necessary for serving the Lord? The Bible doesn’t say so. In fact it shows us that some of God’s greatest servants were used in spite of physical problems. Moses felt his speech impediment would keep him from speaking for God (Ex. 4:10), but God used him as a great leader of His people. Paul, the subject of this month’s Feature articles, was similarly used by God in spite of “a thorn in the flesh.” And this should teach us two important lessons: God desires to use us in spite of our infirmities; and His grace is sufficient for us to serve in spite of our limitations. Shouldn’t 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 encourage us to look for ways to serve regardless of our weaknesses? The Bible does not support the idea that God blesses His servants with “health, wealth, and prosperity” either before, during or after serving. Paul ended his career of exemplary service as a prisoner, deserted by many of his followers and without so much as a coat to keep him warm and a book to read (2 Tim. 1:15; 4:10-13). Yet in his letters he continued to encourage his co-workers then – like Timothy, Luke and Mark – and us today.

Health, wealth, and prosperity were never promised to God’s servants. Very often, a true servant’s attitude is most present in those who don’t possess these things. The desire for health, wealth and prosperity has been used by the enemy to keep many from ever serving the Lord. Pray that the servants you know don’t fall into this trap. Pray that you don’t either.

By Larry Ondrejack

With permission to publish by: Sam Hadley, Grace & Truth, 210 Chestnut St., Danville, IL., USA. Website: www.gtpress.org

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