Monday, 14 April 2008

Pop quiz - answer

Well, after the 'flood' of responses, no clear winner has emerged (that's because there were no responses). Dissapointing, Methven's a great place for a holiday!

But the answer is 2 Timothy 4:5

But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

Brothers and sisters, it means that at all times (in season and out of season as 4:2 puts it) those of us who are ministers are to do the full work of ministry. We can't hide away for a time because we've said something the church doesn't like, and relationships are a bit cool. We can't claim the 'I’m not gifted as an evangelist' excuse, for we are to do the work of one. We can't let the winds and waves of our ministry slow us down or blow us off course. Even when leaders leave, when saints sin, when allies appear to attack us, we keep our heads, and get on with our work - we discharge all the duties of our ministry.

That's why this verse is (one of!) the scariest in the Bible, because it calls us to a life where we push on no matter what opposition. It calls us to a very hard life. But it leads to this:

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the rase, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge will award me on that day - and not only to me, but also to all who have longer for his appearing.

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