Do the Work

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction…But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry…For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day
2 Timothy 1:1-2 & 5-8A

Reflections

I have had a number of jobs during my 80 years on this earth beginning in junior high as a newspaper boy and ending as a Census Bureau data analyst.  Do you know that not one of my employers was willing to pay me to just sit around or to stay home when I felt like it?  They expected me to do the work they assigned me.
 
When the Apostle Paul met Jesus on the Damascus Road, the Lord Jesus not only saved him, He assigned him the lifelong task of reaching all types of people with the Good News that there is hope in Jesus.  Paul took Jesus seriously.  As he said in the scripture above, he poured himself into the task Jesus gave him and he kept at it – he fought the good fight and faithfully finished the work, expecting Jesus to reward him for it.  It is on the authority of this background that Paul speaks to Timothy.  Paul was faithful to what Jesus commanded and he charges Timothy to be faithful likewise.

So what? You and I have the same task that Paul and Timothy had. We are to share the Good News with all types of people while God gives us breath. Jesus has all authority in Heaven and on earth. He told His disciples (and us!) in Matthew 28:19 to go into all the world and do this.

Why would Jesus tell the disciples and Paul and us to do this?  Acts 26:17-18 tells us: “I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.”
 
People need to hear the Good News to rescue them from the power of the enemy and give them hope!  In a real sense, Jesus has made us lifeguards.  We are to be rescuing those who don’t know Him.  We are to be about the business of evangelists, under all conditions, encouraging people to turn and trust in Jesus by all possible means – speaking with them, correcting and rebuking incorrect thinking that keeps them in bondage.  We are to do the work and preach the Word of God that can save them!
 
DO THE WORK!

Written by Fred Orcutt
Coordinator of Hood County Prayer Task Force

Questions

Is sharing Jesus part of your conscious thinking?

When was to last time you sought to tell someone that there is hope in Jesus?

If you have not been actively sharing Jesus, will you decide now to begin doing so?

Let's Pray

Loving Father,
I know that you desire all people everywhere to trust in Jesus. I realize that you expect me to be a bearer of this Good News. I will be obedient, Lord. Fill me with your Holy Spirit and enable me to do so faithfully.
Amen!

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