READ: Fulfil Your Ministry- Part 5 by Apostle Raphael Macaulay




Anchor text:
2 Timothy 4:5But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.


INTRODUCTION

Today, we come to the end of this series. We have looked at each of the instructions Apostle Paul gave to Timothy, and as they apply to us. The summary of all the instructions is that we fulfill our ministry.


TAKE HEED

We will make full proof of our ministry if we take heed to the instructions given.

Paul sent an instruction to Archippus…

“And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfill it” (Col. 4:17).

Adam Clarke Bible Commentary says this about Archippus…

“Say to Archippus – Who this person was we cannot tell; there have been various conjectures concerning him; some think he was a bishop, or overseer of the Church at Colosse, in the absence of Epaphras. Whatever he was, it has been supposed that he had been remiss in discharging the duties of his office; and hence this direction of the apostle, which appears here in the light of a reprehension. But if the same person be meant as in the Epistle to Philemon, Philemon 1:2, whom St. Paul calls his fellow laborer and fellow soldier, it cannot be supposed that any reproof is here intended; for, as the Epistle to the Colossians, and that to Philemon, were evidently written about the end of the year 62, Archippus could not be a fellow laborer and fellow soldier of the apostle at Rome, and yet a delinquent at Colosse at the same time. It is more likely, therefore, that the words of the apostle convey no censure, but are rather intended to stir him up to farther diligence, and to encourage him in the work, seeing he had so much false doctrine and so many false teachers to contend with.”


CONTINUALLY PAY ATTENTION

To take heed is to pay attention; it is to give yourself over to something wholly. If you stop paying attention to one thing, it is because you have started paying attention to another. For us to fulfill our ministry, we must continually pay close attention to it.

To ‘make full proof’ is one word in the Greek. It is the Greek word ‘plerophoreo’ (play-rof-or-eh’-o), which means to bear or bring full, to make full; to cause a thing to be shown to the full; to carry through to the end, to accomplish. It is our responsibility to make full proof—that is, fulfill our ministry.

The New Living Translation says, “…and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.”

The Amplified says, “fulfill [the duties of] your ministry.”

Paul could have said, "Make proof of your ministry" or "Carry out your ministry", without adding the word 'full'. But you see, how we fulfill our ministry matters a great deal, so, the word 'full' becomes a necessity.

We are not just to have a ministry, we are to have a ministry that is above reproach.
We are not just to fulfill our ministry, we are to fulfill our ministry fully.
We are not just to finish our course, we are to finish our course well.

We must know what our ministerial duties are, and fully carry them out. Our ministerial duties are things that strictly pertain to our ministry; they are things that make up our assignment in the ministry; they are things expected of us as ministers of the word of God, and we are to fully perform them.


DO GOD'S WORK GOD'S WAY

Adam Clarke Bible Commentary says,
“Make full proof of thy ministry – Push all thy principles to their utmost power of activity; carry them on to all their consequences; and try what God will do for thee, and by thee. Neglect no part of thy sacred function; perform faithfully all the duties of which it is composed; and do God’s work in His own way and in His own Spirit.”

Neglect no part of your sacred duties, be faithful therein. Do God’s work the way He wants it done.

James Hudson Taylor said, “God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply. He is too wise a God to frustrate His purposes for lack of funds, and He can just as easily supply them ahead of time as afterwards, and He much prefers doing so.”

We can’t claim to fulfill our ministry if we do God’s work our own way. It must be as the Lord commands it. Failure in ministry begins when we try to do God's work our own way. What God wants done must be done how He wants it done. This is what making full proof of the ministry we have received from the Lord is about.


BIBLICAL INSTRUCTIONS

There are Biblical instructions that will help us fulfill our ministry.

One says: “All Scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

The servant of God must not be far from the word of God; he must feed on it day and night, for therein lies his making in the ministry, and the fulfilling of his ministry.

“That the man of God may be perfect…”

This perfection is not in nature but in conduct; it is not in the ‘being’—for he is perfect within, but in the ‘doing’—for he is unto perfection in conduct. The nature of the believer is changed (he is righteous), while his conduct is being changed.

Timothy was instructed to study to show himself approved to God, a workman who needs not to be ashamed but rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15). This applies to us too. If we stop studying, we will wrongly divide the word of truth.

Nothing is and can ever be wrong with the word of truth—it is the word of God. It is true! But everything can be wrong with the way it is interpreted. It is diligent study of the word that makes the teaching of it right, accurate and precise. Commit yourself to study today, for it determines a lot in the fulfilling of your ministry.


HOLD FAST, HOLD ON TO FAITH

"Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus" (2 Tim. 1:13).

"Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme" (1 Tim. 1:19-20).

If we fail to hold fast to the form of sound words we have received; if we fail to hold on to faith and a good conscience, we will make a shipwreck of our faith and ministry, like Hymenaeus and Alexander. We will be like those who litter history with tragic stories. When Hymenaeus and Alexander stopped paying attention to their ministry, they failed to fulfill it. They made a shipwreck of their faith and ministry.

I say concerning you, you won't make a shipwreck of your faith and ministry. You won't fail to fulfill your ministry. You shall flourish in grace, in faith, and in love. Your steps shall not slide. You shall become all God wants you to be, as you follow through His plan and direction for your life and ministry. Amen.

Grace be onto you. Amen.

Say this…
I triumph always!
I win always!
I rule! I reign!

Jesus is Lord!


Apostle Raphael A. Macaulay

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