2 Timothy 4:1-5
4 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: 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.
A purpose for our lives – this is what each one of us longs for, whether we realise it or not.
Here, in some of the very last written words of the Apostle Paul, he reminds us of the mission that God has given each one of us … Tell (or remind) people of the Good News (the Gospel) of God’s salvation.
It’s easy to become discouraged or feel responsible when people in your life appear to reject God’s word and God’s ways. However, in one sense, we need not concern ourselves with the outcomes that are out of our control. Our job is to live and to speak God’s word (and to pray) as best we can. How people respond to that is between God and the other person.
Over the years, coming to understand this has been both empowering and liberating. We are empowered with the incredible purpose of partnering with God to share His love with the world, but thankfully, we are not burdened with the outcomes.
The mission of partnering with God in sharing the Gospel is a very special gift, and if we feel weary or view it as a heavy burden, then we should examine what is making us feel that way. Jesus has said that His “yoke is easy and His burden is light”.
Today, I remind myself that I am a partner with the greatest mission and purpose on earth given to us by God. What an honour and what a joy it is to see the impact of God’s love in and around me.
Written by Shelley Witt