But you [Timothy (and us)], be watchful (sober, discreet) in all things*, endure (undergo hardship) afflictions** (suffer trouble), do the work of an evangelist [to announce, declare (the gospel), bring glad tidings], fulfill (complete, carryout, entirely accomplish) your ministry*** (office, service). II Timothy 4:5 NKJV
*See Blog Article – Consider These Things
**Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. I Peter 4:12-14
***Ministry is not a title or position,……it is a gift. It is a gift from God.
And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it. Colossians 4:17
And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; II Corinthians 5:18
…let the word of Christ dwell (take up its life) in you richly…