Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have. (2 Corinthians 8:11).
The Lord has given to every man his work. It is his business to do it, and the devil’s business to hinder him if he can. Surely, as God has given you a work to do, Satan will try to hinder you. He may present other things more promising; he may allure you by worldly prospects; he may assault you with slander, torment you with false accusations, set you to work defending your character, employ pious persons to lie about you, editors to assail you, and excellent men to slander you. The enemy will also use members and ministers of the church to scandal other members of the clergy for personal gains. You may have Pilot and Herod, Annas, and Caiaphas all combined against you, Judas standing by ready to sell you for thirty pieces of silver, and you may wonder why all those things have come upon you. Can you not see that the whole thing is brought about through the craft of the devil to draw you off from your work and hinder your obedience to God?
Let me assure you that I will not allow any form of accusation to hinder my position in ministry. I can assure you that I will continue to hold my head high walking in the fear of the Lord and in the purpose that God has etched out in the stones of the foundation when the chief cornerstone was laid.
Keep about your work.
- Do not flinch, because the lion roars;
- do not stoop to stop the devil’s dogs;
- do not fool away your time chasing the devil’s rabbits.
Do your work.
- Let liars lie;
- let sectarians quarrel;
- let corporations resolve;
- let editors publish;
- let the devil do his worst,
but see to it that nothing hinders you from fulfilling the work that God has given you.
- He has not sent you to make money.
- He has not commanded you to get rich.
- He has never bidden you defend your character.
- He has not set you at work to contradict falsehood, which Satan and his servants may start to peddle.
If you do these things, you will do nothing else; you will be at work for yourself and not for the Lord.
Keep about your work. Let your aim be as steady as a star. Let the world brawl and bubble. You may be assaulted, wronged, insulted, slandered, wounded and rejected; you may be abused by foes, forsaken by friends, and despised and rejected of men, but see to it with steadfast determination, with unfaltering zeal that you pursue the great purpose of your life and object of your being until at last, you can say “I have finished the work which Thou gavest me to do.”
Just like Paul said, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:7-8)