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.
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!
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?
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