2 Corinthians 6:4-10
“But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers to God; in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings; by purity, by knowledge, by longsufferings, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, by the Word of Truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.”
I have been stuck on these verses for a while, and every time I read them they strike me more and more. To help me understand what it means I looked up the word minister. I found two things. One, it means to wait on, to serve, or to attend; two, the Hebrew word is shârath meaning to serve, to minister, to attend. Shârath refers to the tasks to which the closest servants of God or the king are assigned.
Wow, so this applies to me as well because I am called a child of God (Romans 8:16), and I choose to serve Him as God and King. This set of verses also has three sections. The first says how we are to commend ourselves to God through situations by using the word “in”, the second section says how we are to do this by using the word “by”, the third section uses the word “as”, and tells us how our attitude and heart should feel.