Beyond the Weekend

October 22 | It’s Too Hard

October 22, 2021


But I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost, because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me. 1 Corinthians 16:8-9

Read: 1 Corinthians 16:8-9
1 Corinthians 16


Life in Ephesus isn’t easy for Paul. Other people make it hard, forcing him to change his strategy. Luke, the author of Acts, describes those against Paul as “obstinate…refusing to believe…publicly maligned the way” (Acts 19:9). However, Paul doesn’t give up just because it is hard. He sees great opportunity for the spread of the Jesus message in the middle of this opposition. He describes his work in Ephesus to the Corinthians by saying two things are happening simultaneously: “effective work” and “many who oppose” him. As Paul deals with people, he finds both opportunity and opposition.

Relationships are hard, and dealing with people can be difficult. A supervisor who seems to have it in for us. A teacher we can’t seem to understand. A child who no longer follows Jesus and wants nothing to do with us. A neighbor who agrees with us about nothing. These things are hard, and it would be easy to give up on these relationships and “throw in the towel.” But within this opposition may be a great opportunity. Effective work and opposition often occur side-by-side, so don’t give up! Instead, in the strength and wisdom of the Holy Spirit, look for opportunity in the opposition.


Consider who you know that is facing something hard right now. Let them know you are praying for them and supporting them in their challenge. Then, send a hand-written note, email or make a phone call to offer some much-needed encouragement today.


Join us this year as we read through the New Testament.

Today’s reading is Hebrews 6.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.


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