In Season and Out

2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; 2 Timothy 4:2

Paul wrote this to Timothy, a preacher and teacher. Is it applicable today? Absolutely. Why wouldn’t it be? But you’re not a preacher, you say. Fine. It doesn’t mean you need to be on the corner preaching with a megaphone. If you’re living a Godly life in Christ, people will want to listen to what you have to say. But you have to talk. You can’t hide behind your computer or television all day. The way you conduct yourself, what you do or don’t say, how you treat others. People notice these things.

The other day I opened the car door for my wife. A man in a very old antique car beside me said, “You must really love your wife.” I muttered something in reply, only because I was distracted by what took place a few minutes before. When I got in, I finally realized why he had said that: I had opened my wife’s door. Very few people do that anymore. The point is, is that people are watching and noticing us. Likewise, we’re watching others too. Acts of kindness get noticed. But acts of kindness are just that, possible opportunities to “preach” the word of God to someone. No need to be loud or boisterous.

Opportunities.

Having said that, though, there will be a time soon when you can preach the word to someone. No need for lectures or finger pointing. What you say may not at all be what the person you’re speaking to wants to hear. You’ve got to do it though. Those opportunities come up more frequently than we think. Seize the opportunity and share your heart. Share the truth that lives within you. You know the truth and you know the gospel.

Pray for the courage to say what needs to be said.

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