FROM THE FATHER’S HEART
MAKE FULL PROOF OF YOUR MINISTRY
2 TIMOTHY 4:5, “But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.”
This is the mandate of God for everybody, not just Timothy alone. Every human being, whether born-again or not, will give an account of his destiny when he stands before the Lord. The tragedy of a person who is not born-again is that he will give an account of his divine destiny despite the fact that he is not born-again. He will not only be judged for his sins, but he will also give an account of his unfulfilled destiny. A man who dies as a sinner, yet carrying the destiny of an apostle, is going to give an account for an apostolic ministry despite the fact that he did not get born-again. That is why it is imperative that you are saved.
COLOSSIANS 4:17, “And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.”
In the entire Bible, only two people were bold enough to say they finished the ministry that they received of the Lord. The first person was the Lord Jesus Christ.
JOHN 17:4, “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.”
Paul was the second person that said this:
2 TIMOTHY 4:7-8, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
If only Jesus Christ said He had finished His work, we could have given an excuse that it is not possible for anyone of us to do it. We could have said Jesus was different. He is not different from us. Jesus was only different from us in His birth, in His relationship with the Father as the only begotten son of the Father. He is now our Elder brother; we are continuing His ministry. The same Holy Ghost that He had is what we have.
If the Lord fulfilled His ministry by the same indwelling Holy Ghost, we also can fulfil our ministry as men with the indwelling Holy Ghost. We can fulfil our destiny. Paul believed that and did it. There is no excuse for any fallen man that is redeemed for failing to fulfil his destiny. It is our responsibility to fulfil it.
Paul said, about fulfilling his destiny, “I have fought a good fight”. There is a good fight you have to fight if you are going to fulfil your destiny. There is a fight for the fulfilment of a man’s destiny, a fight against the devil, a fight against the flesh and a fight against so many things. Many people were not willing to fight the good fight, so they lost; they were ejected from the call by the devil. Paul said, “I have finished my course”. He ran a good race of endurance.
There are three aspects you must take heed to if you want to fulfil your call. Paul said, “I’ve fought a good fight of faith; I have finished my course, I have kept the faith”. If you are going to fulfil your call, you are going to do what Paul did. Keep the faith, do not ever lose the faith, and do not ever think of backsliding and getting into error.
So, we see that it is possible to receive the call and not fulfil it. That a man is predestined does not mean it will automatically come to pass. The Bible reveals that there are two parts to the fulfilment of our destiny. The first part is God’s own part, where He shows us His mercy and draws the entire scope of a man’s destiny. The second part of that destiny is man’s own part. The man must be willing to pursue that destiny. If any man desires to do the will of God, God will show him His will. Many people are not willing to do the will of God, so they do not get a revelation of the will of God. A man’s part is to DISCOVER IT, ACCEPT IT, PURSUE IT, AND FULFIL IT.
Till next week, go and win with Jesus.
Rev. Olusola Areogun.