Peter Marshall once said, “It is better to fail in a cause that will ultimately succeed, than to succeed in a cause that will ultimately fail.” These words of Peter Marshall represent the way Paul must have looked at his work for God. There were times when it seemed as though Paul had utterly failed but the love of Christ constrained him to keep at it.
As you read Paul’s autobiographical comments in 2 Corinthians see if you can find out how Paul went about his work? What was his message? What did he aim to accomplish in his ministry? What was his method? What were his thoughts about himself in relation to his work for God? What were his thoughts about himself in relation to others around him?
Answers to these questions will help you understand God’s purpose and place in the life of Paul in advancing what will ultimately succeed. It might help you understand God’s purpose and place for you. Remember the words of Peter Marshall, “It is better to fail in a cause that will ultimately succeed, than to succeed in a cause that will ultimately fail.”
One of Paul’s statements in this book, put in a contemporary version, is “knocked down but not knocked out.” He was an individual who kept coming back, kept pressing on, kept going forward with the good news of Jesus Christ because he knew that there was a world that desperately needed to hear how they could find Christ and grow in their relationship with Him. He was committed to this mission and was confident that, ultimately, that cause would not fail. I trust you are committed as he was.