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TO CHEW ON: "Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and teaching." 2 Timothy 4:2
"Preach the word [as an official messenger]; be ready when the time is right and even when it is not [keep your sense of urgency, whether the opportunity seems favorable or unfavorable, whether convenient or inconvenient, whether welcome or unwelcome]; correct [those who err in doctrine or behavior], warn [those who sin], exhort and encourage [those who are growing toward spiritual maturity], with inexhaustible patience and [faithful] teaching" - 2 Timothy 4:2 AMP
The job description Paul gives Timothy here is one we can all adopt. It addresses three W questions and one H.
When we look at the context we see the reason why the job Paul is about to describe is important. It's because someday he (Timothy) and all of us will appear before our King and Judge Jesus (2 Timothy 4:1).
- "Preach the word!"
"It's not their own notions and fancies that they are to preach, but the pure plain word of God" - Matthew Henry's Commentary.
It's the word that's becoming increasingly unpopular in our culture. Beth Moore, in her September 2015 simulcast, speaking of living as an audacious Christian acknowledged this:
"We need the audacity to live the tension that comes with loving in truth … I want to love like Jesus, but Jesus never loved but with truth. We are going to do the greatest disservice to our culture if we deny the truth. If we think we're better for the world without the word, we'll end up looking just like the world" - Beth Moore, from my notes.
- "Preach the word"
- "...rebuke ..."
"He must tell people their faults" - Matthew Henry's Commentary.
"He must direct, encourage, and quicken those who began well" - Matthew Henry's Commentary.
- "Be ready in season and out of season." The way the Amplified puts it is better than any commentary: "… be ready when the time is right and even when it is not [keep your sense of urgency, whether the opportunity seems favorable or unfavorable, whether convenient or inconvenient, whether welcome or unwelcome]…"
- "…with all long-suffering and teaching"
teaching (didache) - doctrine.
"He must do it rationally, not with passion but with doctrine" - Matthew Henry's Commentary.
I ask myself does the way I live my life fulfill this assignment? What about you?
PRAYER: Dear God, if anything, this job is more challenging than ever. Help me to know how to carry it out in the moments of this day. Amen.
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