Do The Work
2 Timothy 4:2-5(NIV)
2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
When you work hard for something and you do not get a reward for it, it makes you think twice of the work that you put into it. Growing up, we may have tried all sorts of things to figure out whether it is for us or not. Kids will try skateboarding, BMX, soccer, baseball or hockey to have fun and to learn about the sport. I know of my son’s friend who was on his hockey team and got a concussion from playing. It meant that he couldn’t play for the rest of the season and he had to visit the doctors and specialists for a number of months. Instead of quitting hockey, he helped out behind the bench to be an assistant coach.
Paul is the greatest evangelist there ever was. He spoke boldly and did not waver in his faith. He continued to tirelessly nurture and grow the church. The number of disciples continued to grow and the churches grew. He could have accepted praise from man, but he only redirected the praise towards God. Paul was imprisoned in Philippi for the work that he was doing, but he gave instructions to Timothy to preach the work, doing the work of the evangelist. Although Paul was imprisoned, he empowered Timothy to do the work that he would have done anyway. Hardships didn’t deter him from doing the work of God as he continued to write and encourage others to share their faith.