“But watch you in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an Evangelist, make full proof of your Ministry.” 2 Timothy 4:5
How often do we abandon the path the Lord has placed us on when adversity arises? Endure the afflictions. Do the work of an Evangelist. Don’t take the path of least resistance to further your Ministry; make full proof your Ministry. Declare the Truth according to the Word of God. Stand boldly against false doctrine that satan has sent to kill, steal and destroy the brethren’s faith.
“35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
37 Then said He unto His disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few;
38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth laborers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:35-38
Move with compassion on those who are scattered with no shepherd. Those who are spiritually sick and their faith is dying are the very ones who need to know the Gospel of Jesus Christ that brought them in to the Kingdom, is the same Gospel of Jesus that will deliver them from their afflictions. Too many have been sitting under another gospel and another Jesus and are accursed (Galatians 1:6-10).
The problem with the church today is unbelief. Unbelief that this glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only way we are given dominion over sin…there is no other. In fact, some don’t want dominion over sin because they like their sin and feel that God’s grace “covers” their sin. In other words, Jesus came to empower them to freely sin. To those I say, get saved. Jesus Christ came to pay the penalty of sin and to break the power of sin for whosoever will believe, not give us license to sin. That is in fact another Jesus and another gospel.
When, and only when, our faith is placed in Jesus Christ and His finished work (not our various religious traditions, ceremonies, etc.), can the Holy Spirit do that which He is commissioned to do…free us from the law of sin and death.
“For the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the Law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2
Do not be hindered. Endure the afflictions. Do the work of an Evangelist. Make full proof your Ministry…be determined to know nothing else among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
-Donna Clark Warren