I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls ... (2 Cor. 12:15 ESV)
This was not how Paul lived. The apostle, recognizing the glory of the gospel and the One who continually resourced him with everything he needed, said that he would gladly spend and be spent for the sake of the gospel in the lives of others. There was no sense of compulsion or Scrooge-like tendencies with Paul. No, He would gladly leave it all out on the field … all his resources and even his own body if that is what the Lord required of him.
Our calling isn't any different so enough with the pathetic excuses. Schedules, cleanliness and comfort don't compare in any way to the importance of ministering to broken people. Our lives are to be marked with a gospel drive and openhandedness. This same apostle gave the Philippian church the best counsel possible when he wrote:
“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:5-8 ESV).
Christ became poor (see 2 Cor. 8:9) so that through His poverty many might be made rich. Oh, that we would grab hold of the grace of God, and live like we truly understood and delighted in it.