But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. 2 Timothy 4:5 NKJV
Why does Paul tell Timothy to be watchful in all things? God wants us to be aware of events taking place all around us. There is much more to creation than things we can see hear and touch. There is a spiritual realm that is just as real as the world we live in.
Things that take place in the spiritual realm impact the physical realm. As Christians we describe ourselves as the hands and feet of Jesus when meeting people’s needs. Being the hands and feet of Jesus applies to spiritual warfare as well.
God speaking to Joshua after Moses’ death says; “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.” God was sending the children of Israel into the Promised Land. They would have to take the land by force.
God is taking creation back from His enemy. He wants us to participate in that work!
There are people who have never heard the gospel. You and I may not be the ones to share the love of God with them. Our calling may be to pray for the people who go. Our calling may be to support them financially. How you live will impact the kingdom of God.
You may be the person God has called to pray for a particular people group!
Paul tells Timothy to endure afflictions. Trials and tribulations are distractions from the work God calls us to join in today. Our time on earth is very short in the light of eternity. Jesus will deliver us from or through the trials that distract us so we can serve Him!
Do you know what your ministry is? We all have a ministry. If you are not sure what your primary ministry is step out in faith today. Jesus will reveal your ministry to you.
Try doing something new and different for the glory of God. Try doing something you have never done that will honor God and bless people. Do something you have never done that will show the love of God to someone who does not know Jesus.
Do not be afraid of making mistakes. God will not judge you for them. He will honor the intent of your heart!
We are all called to share the gospel with people who have not heard the good news. We are all called to share the love of God with people who do not know Jesus!
God created you with unique gifts and talents. Use them for His glory. Remember Jesus loves you and His love will be evident to everyone you meet!
Be watchful in all things today. Endure afflictions today. Do the work of an evangelist and fulfill your ministry to share the love of Jesus with people who do not know the Lord!
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