To Spend and Be Expended

“I will most gladly expended and be expended for your souls” (2 Corinthians 12:15). Paul understood the calling on his life. In this week’s sermon, Pastor Evan reminds us that Jesus has called us to the same brand of influencing work as Paul describes, modeled best by Jesus Himself. God’s mission for us in this life is to minister tirelessly to the needs of others. Often that involves patient and persistent listening and a willingness to extend our arms to others again and again: “Here for this third time, I am ready to come to you.” Sometimes, the very ones for whom we expend ourselves don’t want what we have to offer, and may even reject us--but we’re exhorted to continue to pursue them with relentless love anyway. As we do so, God meets our needs, for “he who waters will himself be watered.”

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