“And say to Archippus, take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, THAT THOU FULFIL IT” (Colossians 4:17).
LIGHT FOR NOW: There is a cost associated with making the message (THE GOSPEL) available to others.
It is the place of the church to thoroughly train believers so that they will mature and become useful in the kingdom of God. It is only when believers are trained that they will become effective and able to minister and fulfill their ministry. The work of ministry is the responsibility of every believer, which implies that at the point of salvation, the responsibility to preach and teach the gospel has been given to every believer; we are to take the word (THE GOSPEL) out to the people so they can hear and be saved. “Therefore, seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not” (2Corintnians 4:1); the word “ministry” means to serve and we have overwhelming evidences in the book of Acts of the Apostles how men served in the early church. In Mark 16, Jesus extended ministry from the first apostles to those who will go on to believe the gospel by their (the Apostles) preaching. So preaching the Gospel is not limited to the Apostles, but for everyone who believes in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. His finished work is what we tell the people when we go out to preach; what God has done for them in Christ, and not what they have done (not their sins). For example, we see Stephen in Acts 6:8-10 and Philip in Acts 8:5, who were not apostles, took over cities with the message of Christ. Even though they were not apostles, they must have learnt from the apostles, the importance of evangelism. But you should know that there’s always a cost associated with evangelism; there’s a cost associated with making the message (THE GOSPEL) available to others.
In Matthew 10:31-40, Jesus sent out his disciples to preach and He informed them of the cost associated as well as what they will be confronted with while preaching. He was simply saying that the preaching of Christ can bring issues. It has to do with the price for our faith. In Matthew 10:40 Jesus said, “He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me”. Here, He was informing us ahead of time to beware, because we will be rejected and opposed. Some believers cannot fulfill their ministry because they are scared of opposition; but you should know that persecution is not for a season. It’s part and parcel of following Christ. It is in the midst of inconveniences that you will know your true convictions as you cannot know your priorities until God’s vision for your life comes in conflict with your comfort, pleasure, dreams and aspirations. Just like the apostles, your rejoicing should be that you are worthy to suffer because of Christ. Persecution and opposition shouldn’t make you to start praying judgmental prayers or regretting and relenting. “… not only to believe in him but also suffer for his sake…” (Philippians 1:29). The grace of God given to us produces labour and commitment to the work of Christ and it does not ward off persecution.
INSTRUCTION: In preaching the Gospel of Christ, do not be afraid of being opposed.
PRAYER: I affirm that I am stable, unmovable and committed to Christ and His vision. Soul winning is my number one priority, Glory!
QUOTE: You cannot know your priorities until God’s vision for your life comes in conflict with your comfort and pleasures.
DAILY READING: MORNING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 2; EVENING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 2