How to Be Watchful In the Preaching Work
Luke 4:43 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
43 But he said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose.”
Was Jesus Christ so obsessed with hid preaching campaign that he was a fanatic or an ascetic as some have claimed? Was he so engrossed in his ministry that he was standoffish, indifferent, and aloof from the practical needs of families? Certainly not, Jesus was a perfect example of one who is balanced. He unquestionably took the time to enjoy life, taking pleasure in happy times with his friends. Jesus appreciated, respected, and valued families, showing thoughtful empathy for their needs and problems, and he even freely showed his affection for children. (Mark 10:13-16) As we enter deeper into the end of these last days, we need to watchful as Jesus himself was, we do not want the world that is alienated from God to distract us from the great commission Jesus gave us. (Matt. 24:14; 28:19-20; ac 1:8) While we want to spend time and enjoy our well-meaning friends and family, we do not want to slow down in our ministry of proclaiming God’s Word, teaching biblical truths, so as to making disciples. When we imitate Jesus, we will be balances in the time we give to family and friends and the time we buy out for God. (John 4:34) In fact, the ministry of making disciples nourishes us spiritually and brings us delight as well. Nevertheless, we do not want to be extremists, exhibiting a self-righteous or ascetic spirit. Like Jesus, we want to be joyful, balanced servants of “the blessed God.” – 1 Timothy 1:11.