“Make Full Proof of Your Ministry”

But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an Evangelist, “MAKE FULL PROOF OF THY MINISTRY”.

2 Timothy 4:5

Webster defines the word, “PROOF”, as something which tests; trial; what serves to convince; evidence; firmness; a certain standard of strength in spirit.

When Jesus began to introduce the guidelines for discipleship, the first thing He did, was offer them a test to prove their maturity and strength in spirit (Luke 14:26-27). Jesus never intended for anyone to literally hate their loved ones (John 13:34), but to turn their hearts away from any discouragement or rejection that would come from those, most influential in our lives, including ourselves. He was and is still concerned, if we are willing to lay down our lives for others, as He did (Matt. 16:24).

Before any child of God can be chosen for, discipleship or training for ministry service, they/you must undergo evidence that they are ready to advance beyond milk (1 Peter 2:3) to meat.

And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying and strife and division, are ye not carnal and walk as men?

1 Corinthians 3:1-3

The word carnal or carnality means of the flesh and worldly (Romans 8:5-9). Apostle Paul had to rebuke the Corinthian believer’s for their inclinations. The phrase, “not able to bear it”, indicated that these believers’s were not able to advance in the present day truths, because of their continued, natural way of thinking, immaturity and materialism.

In the midst of denying yourself, your family and your friends, you are going to be distressed and harassed (endure afflictions: 2 Tim. 4:5). When it is time to convince other’s that you bear the proof of a mature believer and a disciple of The Kingdom, the fruits of your spirit will bear evidence by the wisdom you display to win souls (Proverbs 11:30; 2 Tim. 4:5).

Our furtherance (Phil. 1:25) unto discipleship, from child, ministry servant, to Son or Daughter (Gal. 4) is determined by our Apostolic Father’s. They are the one’s that bring the church to maturity (the perfecting of the saints: Eph. 4:12).

A disciple that has matured from a servant to a Son and Daughter is now ready to receive his/her full inheritance (Gal. 4:7).

Every ministry gift is responsible for making full proof of his/her ministry. Every leader is subject to a strong level of accountability. The plurality of leadership provides structure for checks and balances amongst overseer’s and elder’s (Acts 15:1-35) in a true Kingdom Church that acknowledge the offices of Apostles and Prophets.

God Bless!

Apostle L.A. Hill

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