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.
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)