But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

2 Timothy 4:5

 

Paul to his disciple, Timothy; the Lord to His disciples, you and I, the message has not changed, and it will not ever change; we are to take the business of serving God with a seriousness that makes it the singular most important thing that we do. The challenge to this comes in the form of distractions, disillusionment, and discouragement; so, the message that God lays on our hearts comes out in a weakened and altered form that bears little or no resemblance to the truth that the Lord revealed to us.

 

Sometimes the hardships that we will need to endure come in the form of tangible fear and loss, these are times of true persecution, rejection, and danger that come our way due to our zeal for living and for sharing God’s truth; at other times, the hardships that we may need to endure are generated in our own minds, these are the times when we fear the response that we will get or when we seek to soften the message of truth that God has given to us. At times like these, I find that the sense of frustration and the degree of personal disappointment that I feel are very real hardships.

 

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if we are serving God as our occupation or not, the calling and the mandate are the same; serving God is a full-time, all the time, never off duty type of occupation. Everyone who knows God needs to set aside all of the things that get us off track, seek out the heart of God through reading His word and prayer, and go through our day serving the eternal and the current life needs of people by serving our God.