Paul dedicated himself to telling people about the cure for the plague of sin. He never allowed their relentless attacks, false accusations, or assaults on his integrity to stop him. He maintained his focus on positive living by remembering the costly price Jesus paid for the cure, as well as his own calling as God's ambassador.
When we focus on others, sharing the Good News of God's deliverance with people tormented by fear and anxiety, our own burdens will lighten.
"We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God" (2 Corinthians 5:20).
No matter how difficult our circumstances, how severe our pain, or how unbearable our life seems, we can find release from these burdens. How? By remembering that we are ambassadors of the Lord of glory and by sharing His message of reconciliation with others.
When we focus on others, sharing the Good News of God's deliverance with people tormented by fear and anxiety, our own burdens will lighten. Nothing is more uplifting. "All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation" (2 Corinthians 5:18-19).
As long as we live on this earth, we have a purpose: to be God's messenger and to serve on His behalf. When we begin to understand this role, then nothing can keep us down for very long.
Prayer: God, thank You for giving me the purpose of being Your messenger. I pray that You would give me a desire to see those around me reconciled to You. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"For if, while we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!" (Romans 5:10)
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