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Christian Responsibilities-Part 4

Christian Responsibilities-Part 4
Fulfill Your Ministry

There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 1 Corinthians 12:4-5 (NJKV)

We are looking at a devotional series titled Christian Responsibilities, where we are breaking down 2 Timothy 4:5, which lays out 4 responsibilities for every Christian man and woman.  So far we have looked at our first three responsibilities, which are,

1.    We must be watchful in all things.
2.    We must endure afflictions.
3.    We must do the work of an evangelist.

Let's look at the fourth Christian responsibility contained within this Scripture.

4.    We must fulfill our ministry.

But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. 2 Timothy 4:5 (NKJV)

The word fulfill used here is translated from the Greek word, plerophoreo, play-rof-or-eh´-o; which means to carry out fully, to convince, or to entirely accomplish.   

The Apostle Paul was encouraging young Timothy to fulfill his ministry, and we are to be encouraged as well.  Paul was given his ministry of sharing the Gospel message and he fulfilled it mightily.  We see Paul speaking of this in his letter to the Colossians.

...of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily. Colossians 1:25-29 (NKJV)

I often ask the men I speak to in marriage counseling, "What is your first ministry?"  And they usually have a blank look on their face thinking they have to know of some specific gift God has given them to properly answer the question.  I will then tell them their first ministry is their wife.  And I would tell the wife that her first ministry is her husband.  I would tell a couple their first ministry is each other, and then their children.  

The fact of the matter is God has given each of us many opportunities to do ministry work.  It may be within our family, or it may be within our neighborhood, or workplace.  It may be using the talent, abilities and gifts He has freely given and blessed us with.  It may be all of the above for some.  We don't all have to join up to do overseas missions work to fulfill our ministries we just need to be focused on the Lord, His Word, and be committed to being used at any time and in any place - this is our ministry.  

There is a story of an elderly widow, who was restricted in her activities, but was eager to serve Christ. After praying about this, she realized that she could bring blessing to others by playing the piano. The next day she placed this small ad in the Oakland Tribune: Pianist will play hymns by phone daily for those who are sick and despondent--the service is free. The notice included the number to dial. When people called, she would ask, "What hymn would you like to hear?" Within a few months her playing had brought cheer to several hundred people. Many of them freely poured out their hearts to her, and she was able to help and encourage them.

Hey Christian, I have said it before, and it bears repeating; God will use us if we are abiding in and obeying Him, and are willing to allow Him to use us.  Let's be watchful in all things not letting the enemy deceive us with temptation.  Let's be willing to endure afflictions because of our imitating Christ.  Let's do the work of an evangelist when opportunity shows itself and the Spirit prompts.  And let's be responsible to fulfill the ministry our Lord has given us.  

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from 1 Corinthians 12:4-5?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you using the gifts God has given you and being faithful in ministry?

APPLICATION: Take some time and list all the things God has gifted you with.  Now ask God to use these gifts for the kingdom and not just for this world.

Father, Thank You for the ministry opportunities You have given me.  Father, I know that apart from You I can do nothing, and I want to give all the glory to You for anything good that has been done through me.  Help me today to fulfill all that You have planned for me.  Fill me with Your Spirit and guide me.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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