But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.2 Timothy 4:5 NIV
In 1st Timothy we find that Paul had left Timothy in Ephesus to lead the church there and to help them combat the spread of false doctrine. This letter was written later but there is no indication that Timothy had left Ephesus. And so Paul’s advice to him can be taken in that light.
- He needed to keep his head in all situations. To think clearly whatever might be coming his way.
- Endure hardship. Pastoring a large church challenged by false doctrine would not be an easy road.
- Do the work of an evangelist. Never grow weary of sharing the good news about Christ.
- And discharge all the duties of your ministry.
A Personal Challenge
It is this last instruction that resonates most with me at this particular time in my life. I am not a Timothy, leading a large church and dealing with all of the problems associated with that. But the Lord has given to me, as to all believers, a place of service within his kingdom.
Ministers are servants and ministry is service. So Paul’s instruction to Timothy, to me, and to all believers, is to be faithful to the Lord in the service he has given you to perform. Your area of service is likely not the same as mine. But the instruction is the same regardless. Discharge all the duties of your ministry.
Whatever the task the Lord has given me to perform, I need to carry it out fully and to the best of the ability he has given to me, using the strength he provides. He will not give me something to do without also enabling me to do it. So no excuses. Just do it.