So, my son, throw yourself into this work for Christ.
Pass on what you heard from me - the whole congregation saying Amen! - to reliable leaders who are competent to teach others.
When the going gets rough, take it on the chin with the rest of us, the way Jesus did.
A soldier on duty doesn't get caught up in making deals at the marketplace. He concentrates on carrying out orders.
An athlete who refuses to play by the rules will never get anywhere.
It's the diligent farmer who gets the produce.
Think it over. God will make it all plain.
Fix this picture firmly in your mind: Jesus, descended from the line of David, raised from the dead. It's what you've heard from me all along.
It's what I'm sitting in jail for right now - but God's Word isn't in jail!
That's why I stick it out here - so that everyone God calls will get in on the salvation of Christ in all its glory.
This is a sure thing: If we die with him, we'll live with him;
If we stick it out with him, we'll rule with him; If we turn our backs on him, he'll turn his back on us;
If we give up on him, he does not give up - for there's no way he can be false to himself.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)