Monday, November 26, 2007

Paul: He plodded on

Chuck Swindoll on plodding:

"The Apostle Paul's ministry was no bed of roses. He literally limped into Thessalonica, his body bruised and tender from being beaten and imprisoned in Philippi. Thankfully, I've never had to endure such brutal persecution. Paul did. But here's the good news: it didn't impede his resolve.

"He writes, 'After we had already suffered and been mistreated in Philippi, as you know, we had the boldness in our God to speak to you the gospel of God amid much opposition' (1 Thess. 2:2).

One of the secrets of Paul's success can be stated in three words: he plodded on. He led the same way whether the winds were at his back or blowing hard against him. Opposition and hardship didn't matter. The only priority that mattered to Paul was that Christ was proclaimed. Every trail he blazed led others to the cross.

How do your personal priorities align with Paul's?"

Source: Charles R. Swindoll, Great Days with the Great Lives (Nashville: W Publishing Group, 2005).