By the word "It" in my title I'm meaning the work of the ministry. Allow me to explain...
To begin with, Paul was most likely the most important person in the early formation of the Church. If it were not for his sharing the revelations of the new covenant with the early, newly forming Church, most likely the Church would have just been just another extension of Judaism, only with Christ added to it.
Most people when they read their Bible look at everything that happened as pretty much one fluid event. That's not the case. For instance the Book of James, thought to be the first New Testament book written, was actually written prior to Paul bringing the revelations of new covenant grace to Jerusalem and sharing it with James, Peter and the others. Thankfully they adopted Paul's message! Yet, I'm certain that if James had written his book after Paul's eye opening revelations, it would read far different than we read it today. Likewise, Peter. I'm certain his address to those gathered in the Book of Acts would read far different if he had shared it after Paul's revelations were adopted by the Brethren and the Church.
Paul is the key figure God used in bringing the Church into the fullness of Christ's finished works! Paul did indeed have his enemies, primarily the Jewish leagalizers of his day who constantly dogged his tracks, trying to bring his new converts back under the Law of Moses.
So why would I think that Paul's work of the ministry was easier than ours. Well, if you truly believe and teach what Paul taught then the obstacles to your ministry are far more numerous than Paul's. Some might say that they adhere to Paul's teaching yet if they would teach that there are things that people should do in order to become holy they ARE NOT teaching Paul's Gospel. If they teach that people still commit sin and must repent to find God's favor they ARE NOT teaching Paul's Gospel!
Therefore you see that today many, maybe most, churches are not really teaching Paul's Gospel. Ouch! I am totally convinced that if Paul were to come back to life and attend most churches on any given Sunday morning, he would have a "hissy fit!" Friends, we've strayed from the Gospel that Paul taught! We've strayed a long ways from it! If you teach what I teach you have many standing in the wings totally ready to bring criticism as for hundreds of years the Church has abandoned the true message of new covenant grace and has brought a mixture of law into the pure message of Jesus Christ. It's sad. I actually feel that the Church of today is pretty messed up! Many Believers are being ship wrecked as a result with many actually abandoning the ministry of the Institutional Church.
All is not lost however, as God is once again releasing wonderful revelations of grace and those who are open to these revelations are experiencing life changing events as they learn to rest in the finished works of Christ. Friends true Christianity is simple. Religion has made it hard. I'm discovering that this is a slow process and most likely will not be completed in my lifetime. However, I'm sold out to do what ever I can in order to bring the Church back to where She should be, that is living in the fullness of God's new covenant grace, going on to all God intends Her to be. After all, we are "the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus." That's the way He made us to be and that's who we shall truly be! Glory!
Grace and peace!