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Summary: Can you imagine Paul sitting on the cold floor of a prison cell and writing a letter stating this following thought as his theme: “What I like about my job as to being a Christian is…”

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“What I like about my Job is…”

Introduction: Let me challenge you to read the entire fourth chapter of 2 Timothy. Paul is writing from a prison cell. He has made his prison cell his personal office. Bring the Books and parchments!

He mentions all of the positives and the negatives things that were happening in his life. Can you imagine Paul sitting on the cold floor of a prison cell and writing a letter stating this

following thought as his theme: “What I like about my job as to being a Christian is…”

Whatever else your job may be, your primary job is that of being a Christian. Let’s put a positive spin on it.

Let’s get started:

1. My bonus check…

(2 Tim 4:8 KJV) 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.

When I get to Heaven, God will bless the efforts of our lives. In this verse, crowns are mentioned. It will be glory just to be in Heaven. But all of the things that we have done for God’s honor and glory, we will receive rewards for in Heaven.

2. My major medical plan…

(2 Tim 4:17 KJV) Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.

(2 Tim 4:18 KJV) And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Here are a couple of verses of Paul giving testimony of God’s deliverance. God’s resurrection power had encouraged Paul time and time again. When others had counted Paul knocked down and out, Paul would reappear with an even greater zeal for God.

2. My work environment…

(2 Tim 4:11 KJV) Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.

(2 Tim 4:12 KJV) And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus.

It is a wonderful thing being saved. One of the great things about being saved is the company that we can now keep. We belong to the family of God. Paul mentions his brothers in Christ in this text. These men had served with him in the ministry.

3. My vacation opportunities…

(2 Tim 4:17 KJV) Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.

Whenever Paul needed to escape from the pressures of his “job,” he go on vacation. He could vacate from the physical trials of this life and sit in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. I am talking about Paul’s prayer life. In this verse, Paul mentions how that Christ had stood with him. We need to live in the awareness of God’s presence.

4. My product line…

(2 Tim 4:5 KJV) But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

Although at times “our job” as a Christian can be negative, we need to look on the positive side. As an “evangelist” we are to be proclaiming the “good news” of Christ. The gospel is the power of God unto salvation. We have the message that will change lives for the better, and for all of eternity.

5. My job is challenging…

(2 Tim 4:3 KJV) For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

(2 Tim 4:14 KJV) Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works:

(2 Tim 4:15 KJV) Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words.

There is nothing boring about the Christian life. Everyday brings with it a new challenge. Alexander the coppersmith would be instrumental in causing the Apostle Paul to sharpen his faith.

6. My boss…

(2 Tim 4:1 KJV) I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

My boss is the King of kings, and the Lord of lords. He is going to judge the quick and the dead. I serve the greatest, most loving, most powerful, boss on earth! Do you know him?

7. My retirement plan…

(2 Tim 4:6 KJV) For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.

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Robert L. Scofield

commented on Dec 1, 2006

It's a mixed bag. Some bad is to be expected, even isolation and probably loneliness, as Paul said: "...no man stood with me..." And also like Jesus in Gethsemane when the discipes even forsook him and fled. Yes, but I wouldn't trade it for te world!

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