2 Timothy 4:1-2: “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.”
In today’s passage, Paul challenges his disciple Timothy to “preach the word”. Now, most of us won’t have the opportunity to step up to a pulpit and preach the Word in a church service, however, we have the opportunity to share the Word of God every day in our day-to-day lives.
What is the “word” you can preach? It is the Gospel: the Good News of God’s love for the world, His incredible sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection, which defeated death, hell, and sin, and His sending the Holy Spirit to His Church to give them power to be witnesses. It is intriguing that Paul says to do this “in season and out of season”, which means that, even when we don’t feel comfortable, when there might be opposition, or when we are a lone voice or witness, we can share boldly. Yet, let’s share with patience, recognizing that it is God’s work to change the hearts of our hearers.
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Read Psalm 19 and pray in response to God’s Word.
Walk with a friend who is not yet a believer at a park or nature area. Soak in the beauty of the power of God’s Word in creation.