Motivations for Ministry, part 2
2 Cor 5:11-15 is all about Paul’s motivation for ministry. He faced a good bit of criticism from the people at Corinth, and in this section of the book, Paul is describing what motivated him to continue to serve God in spite of opposition and disapproval.
If you are engaged in ministry, you know that it can be difficult to keep on serving. The temptation always exists to just quit, especially when you encounter opposition or criticism. In order to keep on serving in spite of the obstacles, we must be highly motivated. We need to keep in mind why we are serving. That’s what Paul is talking about here—motivations for ministry.
Last week we looked at this passage and discovered three motivations for ministry: The fear of God (the JSOX), the desire to be understood by others, and ministry to others motivate us.
Today we'll consider a fourth motivating factor, and probably the strongest one to keep in mind.