Paul Billings serves as Pastor of Calvary Chapel Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The text taught from: 2 Corinthians 12:15...
And I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved.
At times ministry is difficult, but Paul was glad to spend and be spent.
Rights as Christians; Paul gave up his in order to reach whoever wherever. "Am I willing to give my rights for the sake of the gospel?" Billings asks. That can mean comforts, privileges, or possessions. At times, these things must be given up so that others can benefit from the way God wants to bless through you (you are not the last stop for God's blessing).
Ministry can be discouraging...
Billings shared his greatest fear: that he would limit God.
That's a hard concept to imagine; setting limits on God. But I can set limits on my availability to be used by God therefore setting limits on how much He uses me.
Q: Why do we allow ourselves to be spent?
A: For souls.
"Am I willing to spend and be spent?"