When a person really believes in something, he will work very hard to succeed. He will even be willing to suffer hardships and pain to achieve his goal. That is how Paul was. He was a hard-working servant who did not give up.
When Paul wrote his second letter to the Christians in the city of Corinth, he told them about all the hardships he had faced. In 2 Corinthians 11:24-25, Paul listed some things that had happened to him. “Five times the Jews have given me their punishment of 39 lashes with a whip. Three different times I was beaten with rods. One time I was almost killed with rocks. Three times I was in ships that were wrecked, and one of those times I spent the night and the next day in the sea.”
Why was Paul willing to suffer these terrible things? Because He loved God and wanted to be His servant. Paul was willing to give up his personal comfort and accept hardships in order to tell people about salvation through Jesus.
As you serve God today, you may face some difficult times. You may be ridiculed or hurt because you follow Jesus. Be like Paul. Be a faithful servant for God.