When I’m doing His will, my life seems so much more fulfilled and meaningful. It’s easy to stray from doing the work of the ministry these days, with all of the distractions such as hobbies, work and more hobbies.
I have so many things pulling and tugging at me for my time. My life seems confused, congested and a mess. There never seems to be enough time in a day to get everything on my proverbial plate done or started.
It took my wife reminding me, gently, how I was not doing the things I knew God wanted me to do. I could have rebelled, argued or even defended myself, when she lovely pointed out my messy situation. Instead, I listened to the Holy Spirit and didn’t say a word. There was no need for a response. It was time to act. Time to put up or shut up. It was time to walk the walk and stop with the talking about what I knew to do.
Sure, I stewed over it for awhile, but deep down, I knew I had to make some adjustments. I needed to ask the Lord for forgiveness and do the things I had promise Him I’d do and the things He wanted me to do.
My purpose in life is to be a teacher of the word and an exhorter to my fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord. I’ve known this for many years. The problem I’ve had in the past is my lack of faithfulness to study and therefore listening and doing what the Lord has told me to do. To be a witness in my neighborhood.
We are studying the book of 2nd Timothy at my church, City Church of Sacramento, and in this letter that Paul wrote to Timothy, Paul was encouraging Timothy to stir up that gift that was placed in him early on. Paul reminded Timothy about his grandmother and his mother’s faith in Christ. Paul wanted Timothy to remain faithful and steadfast, regardless of any persecution or distractions that he might be experiencing.
Paul told Timothy to look at his life and learn from it. He was jailed, waiting to be executed by Nero, however, God’s word was being proclaimed through him. Even though he was alone, Paul was being effective for Christ. He was not ashamed of the gospel and he was joyfully awaiting his final reward, like an athlete who awaits the prize for winning the race.
Paul knew that there would be many who would fall away and stop ministering and believing the truth about Christ resurrection. He wanted Timothy to depend on God for his grace and mercy to take him through the hard times. Paul told Timothy that Christ would never forsake him because Christ couldn’t deny Himself.
Timothy’s witness and faithfulness, just like mine, was and is, very important to the body of Christ.
My neighborhood is the harvest field. It is ripe and ready. There are those living in my sphere of influence who need to hear about Christ. I have been called for that purpose.
I’m so glad God never leaves us to our own devices and always has someone to remind us to get back on track when we fall short.
It didn’t take quarreling or shouting, it was the gentle voice of a loving Godly wife, just like Paul’s letter to Timothy, to stir up a God-Given-Gift.
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