Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. 25Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my own countrymen, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false brothers. (2 Corinthians 11)
When Paul became an apostle, I wonder what he thought. Did he realize that reaching people with the message of grace would be more than standing in front of a group teaching? Probably. Paul, himself, had been a persecuted of Christians, so I’m sure he understood that he, too, would be facing tough times.
Probably few of us have faced true persecution, but often the life of someone in ministry takesa right turn from what we thought it would be.
They’re the moments they don’t tell you about in seminary (and where are those pastor wife courses anyhow?). But they’re all part of what happens.
You’re on an exciting (and sometimes frightening) ride.
This week I plan to share some of those frightening moments in our life.