In the blog that was posted yesterday, I referred to Paul’s words in Romans 15:19; “I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ.” This was his sixth letter of the thirteen he wrote. That was about ten years before he actually ended up in Rome where he wrote his final letter to Timothy and was then beheaded by Caesar. This shows the confidence he had in doing the Lord’s work; that it would be complete.
Let’s fast forward to the end of his last letter as Paul looks back on the ministry the Lord gave him and writes with confidence again. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). As we focus on that middle statement, it is obvious that Paul considered his ministry much more than a career or job. It was a ministry he “received from the Lord” (Acts 20:24). That implies both the revelation and authority of the Lord over Paul.
This is putting a much greater emphasis on how we carry on the ministry and how it is finished. To accomplish what God wants done through us and do it so He is glorified, we must apply the intensity of a runner; fighting against obstacles and opposition, both in ourselves and from others. Perhaps all of us should reevaluate how we are doing the Lord’s work.
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