Paul to Timothy "Get your hands dirty." (2 Timothy 4:5)

(I wrote a very similar post in April at some point on this passage... but I was pondering it anew and decided to post it again anyhow)

"As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry." - 2 Timothy 4:5

First of all I would apply this verse broadly saying that it isn't only intended for Timothy. Secondly I'll admit that its hard to be sober-minded. Not that it's difficult to be sober, but rather sober-minded. I'm a man driven by dreams, ambitions, hopes, and often delusions. If you've been reading what I say for long then you know I'm often trying to rid myself of my overwhelming pride. Attempting things too great for myself. Attempting to build my kingdom, not God's.

And I don't want to endure suffering. I have before, and I know it's made me a MUCH better person, but I sure hope I don't have to again - at least much.

Evangelism is hard. Sharing my faith is often awkward and unnatural. I'm getting better at it, but it's not always easy. I have to set aside times for myself that I will go out and do evangelism. I know people that are ready to hear, and I frequently meet others, but it's still not easy for me. The more I do it the more rewarding I think it is, but it still isn't easy.

Finally my favorite - fulfill your ministry. On the surface to me this is easy because I hear, "Fulfill your dreams." But you see that's not what it says. My ministry is not always easy. My ministry is to the Lord, my family, my wife, my friends, my work, and even the guy who cuts my hair. This is my ministry, and more often than not it's messy, because people are messy.

This is a serious charge from Paul to Timothy. Have you considered it? Getting your hands dirty is hard, and when you're doing ministry, enduring suffering, evangelizing, and attempting to keep sober-minded - you wont be able to stay clean. Not for long. People are dirty, dirty, business.