I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. – 2 Timothy 4:1-2
Paul, in his last letter to Timothy, gave as much encouragement as he could to his “son in the faith.” While leading the “flock of God” may not be the most difficult work in the world, it has its moments and Paul must have known that Timothy would have some of his own. Yet, despite the difficulties he was currently facing (and would face in the future), Paul wanted Timothy to know that these difficulties were not an excuse for a dereliction of duty.
I remember that when I played football as a kid and I had a non-serious injury, the coach would often say something like, “Rub a little dirt on it and get back in there!” Well, the bumps and bruises of ministry will inevitably come and often the only way forward is to rub some “down to earth truth” in the wound and get back in there.
When the work that is required is also rife with difficulty, the only choice we, who have been “drafted” into God’s service, have is to persist, to endure whether convenient or not.
If through a broken heart God can bring His purposes to pass in the world, then thank Him for breaking your heart. – Oswald Chambers
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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