The apostle Paul wrote to the young believer Timothy to “kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you,” (2 Timothy 1:6-7) NASB.  Why did Paul write this charge to Timothy? From reading the chapter, we are able to conclude that Timothy had been commissioned, charged and sent to do the work of an evangelist. We find this charge in 2 Timothy 4:5, “But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry” NASB.

The church elders had prayed over Timothy, and under the direction of the Holy Spirit, he was selected to serve in a ministry role, as evangelist and pastor. Paul reminded the young Timothy “14 Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed on you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the presbytery,” (1 Timothy 4:15) NASB.

If we sat down, we could all probably make a list of the reasons why Timothy had gotten distracted away from the work of an evangelist. Maybe it was the pressures of church work. Maybe it was listening to the many problems of the members disputing among themselves. Maybe there was some persecution from the community leaders or another religious organization. Maybe, the devil had a plan to distract and keep Timothy from fulfilling the work of an evangelist.

Each one of us could all add our own items to the list. But, regardless, we must set aside all the distractions that we encounter on a daily basis and leave our office, our studies, and spend an hour or so doing the work of an evangelist. For in the fulfillment of the work of an evangelist, you will fan the flame. In the act of obedience to evangelism, we “kindle afresh the gift of God” which is in us!

Simple obedience to the Great Commission of Christ ignites the spirit of God in us and our passion for fulfilling our calling from God. Simple obedience is all we need. God supplies the rest. The apostle Paul wrote, “Grieve not the Holy Spirit” 1 Thessalonians 5:19.

Let us not be found grieving the Spirit of God when it comes to fulfilling the call of evangelism through our lives. Evangelism is the heart beat of God and we are not synchronized with God’s heart if we chose not to evangelize.

Go do the work of an evangelist.

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