The Cost - Your Daily Forward Devotional

The Cost

Published 4/3/2020

Read 2 Corinthians 12:10

“For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Reflect

What was Paul given to keep him from becoming proud? (See 12:7). How did Paul react, and how did God respond?

At what point will you give up? When will you stop trying? The answer to those questions depends a lot on what it is you're trying to do. But it also depends on why you're trying to do it.

Reality shows on television do a good job of exploring these questions. They place men and women in various extreme situations, and we the viewers watch to see how far these people will go for, say, a million dollars. And usually, the winner is the one who decides early on that they'll do whatever it takes to reach the goal. That no matter what hardships they have to face today, the payoff tomorrow will make it all worthwhile.

If the goal were a million dollars, how hard would you push yourself? Probably pretty hard. But let's change the question: If the goal were one soul saved for Christ, what would you be willing to endure?

In the Bible, we read about the apostle Paul who many consider the greatest missionary ever. He lived in the years right after Christ returned to heaven. If you look at a map of the Mediterranean region and follow the coast from Israel to Italy, Paul and his partners were largely responsible for bringing the gospel to all the lands in between (and possibly Spain too!).

It wasn't an easy life. In his second letter to the people of Corinth Paul takes a moment to describe some of the hardships he faced as a missionary. He faced, "imprisonments, with countless beatings, and [was] often near death. Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers" (2 Corinthians 11:23-27, ESV).

Why did he do it? What was possibly worth all of that? Paul tells us why a few verses later. “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10).

Pray

Lord, thank You for the many ways You have blessed my life. Please give me the strength to continue when I feel weak. Amen.

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Thank you oh Lord for my salvation and help me to win the 7 families for which i am praying. Amen in Christ
I second that prayer !!
Tk u for the lesson today. Dear God pls help me to reach out to my sons to mend the brokenness in this family in Jesus name amen
Thank you Lord For protection and blessings,
Lord Jesus, give me the courage to reach out to others with The Good News of The Gospel. Give me wisdom and gentleness to those who are hard to reach. Amen!
Lord, thank You that when I am weak You are strong. Strengthen me on my journey with You, and help me always to remember "not my will but Yours be done".
Thank you Lord, Amen
Thank you Lord for always being with me even when I don’t feel it. I praise you Father in all things. Your my rock and my heart is full of joy because you love me as I am. Praise & Glory Connie
I try to let go and let Jesus. It isnt always possible. My main goal is to get closer to Jesus and hear his voice. I try to listen for his words when I have a decision
I know you are with me all the time. My requests may not be what you want me to have or do. I love you with all my heart and want to be in your presence always.
When I am weak you are made strong because I trust in you as not myself. Why is it so hard to trust in Jesus? My sinful heart wants my own way. If I can’t do it than I don’t want it. Humble yourself in the presence of the Lord and he will lift you up! Help me Jesus!
Thank you father, you kept me on the path of righteousness..
Amen ! Thank you Father for all the times I wanted to give up and you kept me afloat and wouldn’t let me quit ! 🙏✝️
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