But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. 2Timothy 4:5
I have a couple of high goals as it pertains to writing this blog. At the top of the list important to me is reliability. With every blog or whatever I write, I want to stop and ask myself “Where have I seen this in my life?” I never want to just write about something I heard or even read about, but things that I live on a regular basis. I want to write about things I see and experience. That’s what makes the Gospel of Jesus Christ reliable. The scriptures are filled with people who chose to step out and see God perform. The Christian life is one of real documented experiences with God, not hearsay. I won’t write to you about the ministry of healing unless God wills because he is waiting for me to step out on that dimension with him . Of course I believe God is a healer based on testimonies and can pinpoint healing in the scripture, but I have personally only laid hands on one person in faith and saw God heal them immediately. That means that I have a long way to go to be able to write about that topic to give information or anything else but by Gods grace I will see his will come to pass. Some may disagree with that philosophy but even Jesus couldn’t show or teach his disciples certain spiritual information because they couldn’t bear it at that time. Jesus in his wisdom wanted the disciples to have those real documented experiences before he let them become used in what they were about to preach.
The scripture above is written by apostle Paul to his dear son in the gospel. No one loved Paul more than Timothy and in these final letters before he would be persecuted at the hands of the Roman government, he left him some wisdom. Watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. Proof is defined as evidence used to compel the mind into accepting a certain truth or principle. Paul here is telling Timothy to make your ministry full of evidence that what your saying is indeed the truth. As Christians we should all set out with the goal of being reliable sources of information, not just throwing scriptures around. I would be a very skeptical of a doctor that knows the “theory” of medical practice but no actual concrete hours on the job. I heard an old lady say ” a new broom knows the floor but an old broom knows the crevices.” Demonstrate how what your talking about has occurred in your life. Mark 16:20 says the disciples went everywhere and preached, and the Lord worked through them, confirming what they said by many miraculous signs. As I close (I want to be brief), the Holy Ghost reminds me to write and not just assume that whoever who reads this knows that it is God who is working in us, giving us the desire and the power to do what pleases him Philippians 2:13. No, its not by might nor by power but by the Spirit that we will be able to climb the spiritual heights that we read and (if your like me) so passionately desire in the scripture. You know, the last thing we want is to be rebuked in scripture like the church in Galatia. They had started in the spirit with good intentions only to end up in the flesh. For we know the flesh profits us nothing. We allow God to work in us and through us to accomplish his purpose in the Earth.