“If we are treated well, given a helping hand and encouraging word, that also works to your benefit, spurring you on, face forward, unflinching ”.

2 Cor 1:6 EHP

If a schoolteacher gets up, feels good, and everything goes his way then he goes off to school “on top of the world”. He does not get anything out of it, no extra pay or anything like that. But the pupils benefit. The guy is “on form”. His “top of the world” feeling gets over to the students and they wake up more than normal, pay attention more keenly and “get the point” of the lesson more completely.

Paul saw a parallel to that in his work with the Corinthian congregation. Everything he did was for their good, not his. When they backed him, encouraged him, and showed their appreciation it motivated him to work harder, preach more effectively, teach with greater insight and lead the community with vigour, courage and vision. It also, no doubt, spurred him on to greater efforts in his pastoring of the flock, following up on people in trouble, and encouraging other friends in the church to support those struggling with their faith.

Usually a happy minister tends to make a happy church. People are very sensitive to when “things are going well”. An effective, hard -working minister tends to draw extra people. The people in the pew soon pick up when a minister cares, works, and “gets things done”. In particular it is his vision or lack of it that communicates itself to the community. And a growing church produces members who are happy to work, to give, to pray and to worship. They sense that “God’s at work here”. And they will bend their own shoulders to the plough.


Lord, help me to be positive in my work for you.