Second Timothy 4:5 says ” But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.”
Here, the Apostle Paul gives encouragement and instruction in a continuum letter to his young protégé Timotheus. In the verse above Paul admonishes the young bishop of Ephesus to have ministerial awareness, perseverance, diligence in outreach and to leave no vacancies in his responsibilities to his calling.
In many cases in today’s Christian assembly ministry there is proficiency in the in-house infrastructure and administration. In many places of such there are an array of aspects to the ministry that make it exciting and a vibrant atmosphere during the corporate worship session. With this being the case of some ministries, and ought to be applauded, it is still yet more that is necessary before the full proof of a ministry has been accomplished.
In the secular arena when one speaks of “FULL PROOF” it is readily assumed that the person is referring to some no-holds-barred alcoholic beverage (100% alcohol content). In such a case, when someone wants “full proof” they are interested in something that will bring about the most potent intoxicated state achievable byway of an alcoholic drink.
A person looking for FULL PROOF isn’t practicing a hobby but a way of life! This should be the longing and desire of those in Christian ministry as pertaining to the proving of their ministry, as Paul communicated to Timothy, to make FULL PROOF of their ministry!
I love a roaring preached word of GOD and the soul soothing of an angelic sounding choir but if a community remains untouched while all this persist a ministry can in no wise consider itself to have carried out every facet of its ministerial/Kingdom duties.
The world waxes worse and worse and inquity abounds as the church becomes more and more introverted. Does your ministry feed the hungry? Does it help keep the community clean where it is located? Does it offer literacy programs or tutoring services? Does it create alternative activities for the community youth? Does your ministry attempt to deal with the condition of the people in the community from without the pulpit?
The percentage of a ministry’s effectiveness and to know if it is full proof or no is not found from simply looking within its sound infrastructure and elaborate administration but by the measure of its noticeable impact in the community where it stands and eventually globally! 25%, 55%, 79% or FULL PROOF? Where do you stand?