“You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops. Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things!” (2Tim 2:1-7)
Paul teaches us how to be a good Christian and minister. You need to intimately know and appropriate the grace of God. This is much more than a doctrine in your head. Grace is very practical. If there is any success in ministry the credit goes to the unmerited favor of God upon the minister. No man should boast of the things he knows or he does. I repeat… the secret of successful ministry is found in the power and sufficiency of the grace of God. If God smiles on you, that is success in life!
The mystery of Christ and His Gospel must be preached to all but entrust to only ‘faithful men’. These are the true sons and servants of God. They are a rare, holy remnant of grace. Look for them like men look for treasure in the trash. The evil spirit of religion is an enemy to ministry and will hinder you. Persevere in warfare as a soldier. Do not be distracted by the world and its offers. Be faithful to your exercises as a champion. Be sure that you know the Olympic rules so that you obey them. Rebellion is attractive but deadly. Many have been disqualified from the games. Some received but later lost their crowns. Be hard working as a farmer. Know the seasons. Trust God for a mighty harvest.
God pays His workers. This is not a secret but the proven testimony of millions since Adam. As with Paul, this is my prayer for you today: Do not trust your human understanding! Be careful with the religious doctrines of devils. Pray for the light and for the leading of the Holy Spirit! These prayers are not ‘fancy’ but very practical. God will answer them! May the Lord give you understanding in all things! May God grant progress, success and increase in your ministry! In Jesus name, Amen!
In Christ I declare:
I am strong in the grace found in Christ Jesus!
I shall use this supernatural strength to preach the Gospel of Christ Crucified!
I shall lift Jesus higher and men shall be drawn to the King of kings!
I am a soldier for Christ!
I am a champion for Christ!
I am a farmer for Christ spreading the seeds of life!
God is my reward!
My joy is full!
In Jesus name