2 Cor.4:12 (NIV)
While God exposes the vulnerability of his servants forcing them to be dependent upon him, he does it for the salvation of souls. In Paul's thought, his sufferings are not just God-given; they are also purpose-driven. And its purpose is for the welfare of God's people..
“I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake” (Col. 1:24).
“For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen” (2 Tim. 2:10).
The difficult circumstances of a servant’s life are not coincidental; they are not accidents. They are part of the divine plan to accomplish things for those whom they minister to. As God comforts his weak servants, he equips them to comfort others also.
2 Cor. 1:3-4 says: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”
Why do you think God should use you?
Is it because you have graduated from a prestigious school?
Is it because you excelled academically?
Is it because you are so talented?
You may not think of your self as a super apostle,
but perhaps you think you are a super musician
or a super exhorter
or a super Cell leader
a super missionary
or a super administrator
or a super teacher
or a super giver
or a super pastor
Do you think God ought to use you because you are a vessel made of gold?
No, his servants are nothing but clay pots—
cheap and fragile.