2 Timothy 4:2 (NASB) preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.
When the phone rang, I thought for a moment of not answering it. I was on vacation when my cell phone started going off. It was a friend who had a problem and needed an answer. I could have just blown him off, but that's not how I operate. I took the time to hear the problem and then began to describe how I would go about fixing it. Today's verse speaks of being ready in season and out of season, to preach the word, to give an answer with great patience and instruction. Being on vacation was definitely out of season for me, but I can't just pick some of the verses in the Bible to live and not others. If we are truly trying to be followers of Christ, that means following all of God's Word, not just the parts we like. If we do try to live them, we will be able to preach the Word in season and out of season so others can know our God, the Jesus who went to the Cross, and the Holy Spirit who will guide us and comfort us in our times of trials and struggles. So what verses are you leaving out of your answers in season and out? Maybe it's time we have His answers in all seasons.
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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