READ: Fulfill Your Ministry - Part 2 by Apostle Raphael Macaulay

Sermon Notes by Apostle Raphael Macaulay
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2 Timothy 4:5But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.


INTRODUCTION
As ministers of God, we must keep our eyes on the assignment we have received. We must not be found entangled with that which can distract us from the ministry given to us. We must pay attention to our ministry, because if we fail to do this, we will drift away from the assignment and fail to fulfill our ministry at the end.


WATCH IN ALL THINGS...
How not to fail in ministry is what Paul told Timothy. He said, “But watch thou in all things…”

The word ‘watch’ is the Greek word ‘nepho’ (nay’-fo), and it means to be sober, calm and collected in the spirit; it is to be temperate and discreet.

The Amplified translation says, “But as for you, be clear-headed in every situation [stay calm and cool and steady]…”

The New Living Translation says, “But you should keep a clear mind in every situation.”

Don’t be entangled with that which does not pertain to your ministry, for you will be distracted. Keep a clear mind, stay clear headed, stay away from anything that distracts you from the assignment. Keep your eyes steady on your ministry, so that you may fulfill it.

You should also know that there is every possibility that some of those with you today might leave you in the process tomorrow. When this happens, don't be surprised. Be prepared for it. Keep your eyes on the work. Don't be distracted. No matter who leaves you, God hasn't and will not leave you.


WATCH OUT FOR THESE...
Paul repeatedly told Timothy to shun, to refuse, to avoid, to not give heed to, to flee away from some things. Let's see them...

1 Timothy 1:3-4, "As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, NEITHER GIVE HEED to FABLES and ENDLESS GENEALOGIES, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: (so do)." (Emphasis added)

1 Timothy 4:7, "BUT REFUSE PROFANE and OLD WIVES' FABLES, and exercise thyself (rather) unto godliness." (Emphasis added)

1 Timothy 6:11, "But thou, O man of God, FLEE THESE THINGS; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness." (Emphasis added)

2 Timothy 2:15, 22-23, "BUT SHUN PROFANE (and) VAIN BABBLINGS: for they will increase unto more ungodliness... FLEE also, YOUTHFUL LUSTS: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. BUT FOOLISH and UNLEARNED QUESTIONS AVOID, knowing that they do gender strifes." (Emphasis added)

And to Titus Paul wrote, "This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; NOT GIVING HEED to JEWISH FABLES, and COMMANDMENTS OF MEN, that turn from the truth" (Titus 1:13-14, emphasis added).


DISTRACTIONS ARE
FIRST ATTRACTIVE
You see, what will distract you won’t come as a distraction but as an attraction. What will distract will first attract so that it can distract without any suspicion. Distractions are subtle; they are first attractive.

Many are distracted today from their assignment because they stopped paying attention to their ministry. They stopped having a clear mind in every situation. Some want to be everywhere; they want to be known as having something to say about everything, not knowing that the work of ministry does not require you to be everywhere or be involved in everything.

Some are concerned about every matter that the one which matters most—their ministry is been neglected. Some have heaved upon themselves pressures not because of ministry but because of selfish gains. Some are distracted and more shall yet be distracted if they don’t take heed to the ministry God has given them.


A COMMENTARY
Adam Clarke Bible Commentary has this to say…

“But watch thou in all things – It is possible to be overtaken in a fault, to neglect one’s duty, and to lose one’s soul. Watching unto prayer prevents all these evils.”

When men begin to get mixed up in all matter, they may have stopped praying. Prayer keeps us focused on our ministry. Prayer fixes our heart on that which matters in ministry. When you pray, the Holy Spirit works to keep your heart fixed on that which He has sent you to do.

Failure to pray is planning to fail in ministry, for there is no ministry without prayer. Watching in all things begins with prayer. It is to watch in prayer—it is to be sober, discreet, cool, calm and collected in your spirit, no matter what the situation is. Watching in all things is to walk with the Spirit at His own pace.

Don’t neglect your duty by paying attention to that which is not your business. If you stop paying attention to one thing, it is because you have started paying attention to another. If you stop paying attention to your ministry, it is because you have started paying attention to something else other than your ministry. Some are busybodies in the faith; they mind not their own business, but are everywhere condemning others—those faithful in their work.


ANOTHER COMMENTARY
A Bible Study Commentary says, “He [the servant of God] must watch in all things. Let no fair occasion slip through thy negligence. Watch to thy work; watch against the temptations of Satan, by which thou mayest be diverted from it; watch over the souls of those who are committed to thy charge.”

Painfully, some ministers no longer care about the ones God has given them to watch over. This is Satan’s temptation, and they can’t discern it. Ministry can’t be said to be fulfilled if we fail to watch over those God has committed to our charge.

Paul said to the Ephesian elders, “Take care and be on guard for yourselves and for the whole flock over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as overseers, to shepherd (tend, feed, guide) the church of God which He bought with His own blood” (Acts 20:28 Amplified).

This instruction is worthy of all acceptance. It is not outdated; it is up to date and relevant to us today. It is expected of the servant of God to do what the word says.

Grace be multiplied to you. Amen.

Say this…I triumph always!
I win always!
I rule! I reign!
Jesus is Lord!


Apostle Raphael A. Macaulay
Overseer, Church Affairs,
Restoration Spring Ministry
African Region

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