"But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry."
2 Timothy 4:5
The old warrior was giving final words to young Timothy. Paul, soon to be martyred, was passing the torch to his much-loved disciple. This was his final charge in his last days - and we would be wise to learn and apply his words in our, and the world's, last days. You may not fit the fullest definition of an "evangelist" but you are just as called as was Timothy to be a witness. And a faithful witness is really a "personal evangelist" - both living out and speaking out the good news of Jesus.
Some Christians think that because they don't "feel it" when they try to share Christ with others, God must want them to remain silent. Wrong! We don't always "feel" like taking a shower, but we're mighty embarrassed if we don't. And we'll be more than embarrassed if, when we see Jesus face to face in heaven, we were ashamed to speak proudly of Him on earth!
Look at our text in context and ask the Lord to transform your life with the following truths:
- Preach the Word - to anyone that God lays on your heart or keeps before your face.
- Ask the Holy Spirit for His sense of urgency. All whom you know will die saved or lost. Jesus wants you to "be at hand and ready, whether the opportunity seems to be favorable or unfavorable...". (2 Timothy 4:2 Amplified)
- As for today's verse 5, we must learn to be watchful - "calm, cool and steady",
- to endure - "accept and suffer unflinchingly" - afflictions,
- work hard at being - and giving - God's light to others and
- perform all the duties He will assign to you, whether they seem great or small, as you wait on Him. Then you, too, will one future day sense within your spirit: "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." (v 7)
"My Father, I don't want to fall into the trap of believing I'm not called to win others to You. I know I won't give out what I don't take in - so cause me to so take Jesus in as my first love that my spirit shall not be able to remain silent."
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