the work of the ministryEphesians 4:11-12

 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”

 

When our Timothy II team was first forming, a portion of scripture that was highlighted to Timothy was that the Timothy II ministry is a work.  Yes, there are offices and callings, gifting and anointing, but overall, it is a work that God has called us to do.

 

We have had some incredible ministry times through the years and we have seen God do amazing works.  But those are just the geysers that gush forth from all that God has been doing behind the scenes.  Timothy has probably spent years (if we added all of the days) writing studies in the solitude of his office.  Prayer and seeking God’s will are important times that have been set aside as we earnestly desire to follow His Spirt.   And then there is just the everyday aspect of doing the work of the ministry.

 

This work includes many tasks.  Washing, folding, and sorting clothes so people in need can have something clean to wear is almost a daily routine for Ozzie and Toni Cinko.  Besides clothes and necessities, our Mabuhay boxes are filled with their labor of love.

 

Then there are the things that just need to be done, washing windows, cleaning carpets (no, we don’t have a janitor), and everything else that needs to be done to keep our office running smoothly are important.  We “get to” do this as part of the work of the ministry.

 

As I think on this, it helps me so much, especially as some of us have gotten older and it is harder to do some of the things we used to take for granted.  Writing our Timothy II newsletter, working on the computer, talking and praying for our Timothy II Directors are still part of the work!  Yeah!  It means I don’t have to be trekking through jungles or flying off to another country – although I’d love that – to be useful in God’s Kingdom.

 

We will always have a heart to do the work of an evangelist, to teach, and the desire to go into all the world.  The great commission is a command for all Christians.  Yet, when we are not out on the mission field or when we have not been able to teach for a while, we know that we are continuing in God’s work.  I love that God impressed this on Timothy at the beginning of this ministry.  We really did not know what a blessing this word would become almost thirty years later.  We continue to do what God has commissioned us, even though it may look different.  I like what David Linginstone, a Scottish missionary and scientist (1813 – 1873) once said.  He said, “If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice? “   What a privilege and an honor it is to do the work of the ministry!   Even if the tasks do not seem noble, we know we are serving our God and King.