A Hands On Approach
2 Corinthians 6:1-8
 We then, as workers together with him , beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.  (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)  Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:  But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,  In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;  By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,  By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,  By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;
There is a lot here in these verses. Before I get to what I want to focus on, I first want to say that, if you are saved, then you are in the ministry. We all have a part in spreading the Gospel.
However, what I want to focus on today is that phrase, “in much patience.” At work this week I had a gentleman that had an alert on his old flip phone he couldn’t get rid of, and didn’t know what it was. I googled it real quick, politely asked for his phone, and proceeded to fix the issue. Seems nice enough, but he still has no idea how to get rid of it if it happens again. Even though he watched me do it. I would love to be able next week to say, “Alexa, take down the tree, or Alexa, take down the lights.” We lack patience!! We want everything immediately! God isn’t on our time. You could be struggling with something today. Possibly you’re waiting on an answer for an important decision in your life. Maybe you have lost loved ones that you desire to see saved. God might not say yes or no, but possibly not right now. That’s when our patience can be tested. It’s those times when maybe God is seeing how we will work thru things with His help and guidance. Do we continue to pray, do we seek Godly counsel,or do we just move on and make our own decisions? Life is full of failures only because we fail to use things as learning experiences. None of us have everything figured out, but we should learn from all our experiences in life, good and bad.
Remember today, God might just be saying not right now. Just be patient and wait on His direction.
God bless you today!
Bro. Josh Richardson