11 To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are poorly dressed and buffeted and homeless, 12 and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; 13 when slandered, we entreat. We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things.
To be an apostle of Christ was not a glamorous call. It required great sacrifice, hardship, and suffering. It required patience, endurance, and strength. What Paul and the others apostles had to contend with for the sake of the gospel would overwhelm the best of us. So what would drive this man and the others to go to such lengths to tell people about the good news of Jesus Christ? The gospel! It’s that very good news, the news that those who are enemies of God can become children of God, the news that God’s condemnation and wrath has been appeased by another, the news that we no longer have to be slaves to sin, but that we can be freed in Christ, and the news that our enemies of sin, death and the devil have been defeated so that we might have eternal life with the Father. That good news so overwhelmed Paul that he was compelled to tell everyone. It’s that same good news you have heard and now believe. Is it having the same effect on your life? Are you compelled to proclaim the good news of Jesus to your neighbors, friends and family? My hope is that you would all have the zeal of Paul for the sake of the gospel and if in the process your are reviled, bless others, if you are persecuted for your faith endure it to the end, and if someone speaks slander against you entreat them. Be an imitator of Paul as he imitates Christ.