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May 27

2 Timothy 4:1-5

1 I solemnly charge you before God and Christ Jesus, who is going to judge the living and the dead, and because of his appearing and his kingdom: 2 Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; rebuke, correct, and encourage with great patience and teaching. 3 For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear what they want to hear. 4 They will turn away from hearing the truth and will turn aside to myths. 5 But as for you, exercise self-control in everything, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. — 2 Timothy 4:1-5

Fulfill Your Ministry: What’s the minimum and are you doing it?

by Tony H. Nunn

I’m a basketball player and I love it! However, I’m not Steph Curry, and I definitely don’t make millions of dollars playing the game in front of thousands of people!

I can claim to be a basketball player just because I’ve played the game (not very well), can dribble, rebound, pass, and run up and down the court. In other words, I can do the minimum! Likewise, I’m an evangelist for Jesus Christ. I’m not a Billy Graham, but I can do the minimum as a follower of Jesus Christ.

So, what is the minimum to be an evangelist? Here’s the answer, and it’s what Jesus told the demoniac in Mark 5:19: “Go to your house and to your friends and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you.” That’s it—the minimum to be an evangelist.

The demoniac, like a lot of us, just wanted to be with and learn from Jesus, but Jesus said “no.” And without any further training, Jesus told him to go and tell his family and friends what the Lord had done for him.

Paul, possibly with some of his last words on earth, told Timothy to be an evangelist—and he is telling each of us the same thing.

Can you start today by doing the minimum? Start today by writing down all your family and friends where you live, work and play who may be far from Christ. My grandkids were first on my list, followed by other relatives and my neighbors.

Next, start praying for them every day and investing in their lives by ministering to them. Remember, Jesus commanded us to “love our neighbors.” Do you know your next-door neighbors?

Finally, you can invite them to church events and to join with you as you do ministry and missions. That’s exactly what Jesus did.

There is much more we can all do as evangelists for Jesus. But just think—if 1000 of us started doing the minimum by praying, getting to know, ministering and inviting 10 people far from Christ on a regular basis, then 10,000 people would be impacted for the Kingdom of God.

Our potential in the Middle Tennessee Initiative is much greater than that, if only each of us would step up and do the “minimum” for Jesus and His Kingdom.

Being an evangelist is not too hard, just like being a basketball player is not hard. You’ve just got to decide to “do it”!

Praxis

  1. Are you praying daily for your family and friends who are far from Christ?
  2. Are you investing in the lives of your family and friends by developing closer relationships through ministry to them, including those who live in your neighborhood?
  3. Are you inviting them to events at your church and to serve with you in ministries you are doing in the name of Jesus? The research says they will come if invited!

Tony H. Nunn