2 Timothy 4:2 - SHARING JESUS.

2 Timothy 4:2 (NKJV) Preach the word! Be 
ready in season and out of season. Convince, 
rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and 

2 Timothy 4:2 (NLT) Preach the word of God. 
Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or 
not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage 
your people with good teaching.  


"Be prepared in season and out of season" 
means to always be ready to serve God in any 
situation, whether or not it is convenient. Be 
sensitive to the opportunities God gives you. [Life 
Application SB] 


Taught By The Word
   The Word of God is the message we preach. 
The power of the preacher is not in his 
charisma, his popularity, or even his education; it is 
in faithfully declaring, "Thus saith the Lord." 
When I quote Scripture, I know I am quoting the 
very Word of God. This is why I have always used 
the phrase "The Bible says." The Spirit of God 
takes the Word of God and makes the child of God. 
Through the written Word we discover the living Word 
- Jesus Christ. 
   The Word of God brings encouragement. A 
little boy was silent for a long time, and his 
mother asked him what he was thinking about. With 
his head hovering over the pages of the Bible, 
he answered, "Oh, I'm watching Jesus raise 
Lazarus from the dead!" How we need to encourage our 
children to spend time in God's Word. The Bible tells 
us to "diligently" teach Scripture to our 
children, to sit and talk with them about it, and then 
live it in the home (Deuteronomy 6:6-9). This is 
so important. 
   How can you share the Bible with younger 
generations? [Peace for Each Day by Billy Graham] 


In Season ... And Out
   Exhausted, Judy and I hoped for a minute 
or two of peace when we arrived at our airport 
gate. Glancing at the woman a few seats away from 
me, I noticed that her fingernails were very 
long.., and dark purple. She seemed absorbed in a 
thick book: Real Ghosts... and Other Haunted 
   I really didn't want to get involved, but 
breathing a quick prayer, I spoke to the ghost reader, 
"I see from the book you are reading that you 
must be on a spiritual journey." I was surprised 
by her response. "Why yes," she replied. She 
seemed interested in discussing spiritual things. 
Within minutes, I learned that her name was Jane 
and that she had left the Mormon Church. She 
seemed shy, but grateful for the chance to talk 
about her questions. "The spirit world is very 
real," I said, motioning to her book. "But Jesus 
Christ is greater than any spirit of deception. 
And, Jane, this meeting is not by chance. God is 
concerned that your spiritual journey leads you to 
Christ." Suddenly, our gate agent called and we had 
to head for our flight. But not before I got 
Jane's address to send her follow-up material. 
   As our plane lifted off for home, the 
Spirit brought a convicting verse to mind: "Preach 
the Word; be prepared in season and out of 
season ...... I confess that I'd been hoping for 
some "time off," a few minutes of privacy and 
retreat, a chance to be "Out of season." But in the 
next moment, God insisted that I be in season. My 
few moments of privacy were nothing compared to 
the eternal destiny of Jane's restless spirit. 
   Agree with God today that you will be 
alert to the Spirit's voice when he says, "Go 
start a conversation with that person..... 
   Father, I know if I lack courage to 
speak, you are the Source. Help me be willing to be 
willing to step into someone's world with the very 
word that could save them. [Joni Eareckson Tada 
Daily Devotional: 


   It has changed my life! I am so much 
happier and more content. It's been so wonderful 
that I can't wait to tell everyone I know about 
it. I should be talking about the saving power 
of the Gospel, but unfortunately, I'm talking 
about my vacuum cleaner. It really is a marvel: 
cordless, lightweight, a pivoting head, and an 
easy-to-empty, bagless canister. I'd seen it in the store 
for a while but never dreamed I'd fork over the 
money to buy one. Then, last Christmas, I had a 
coupon on top of a store sale, a gift card, and 
some spending money, and there I was  
smack-dab in the middle of vacuum heaven! It's been 
everything I'd hoped and more. 
   When I found myself talking to yet 
another friend about my new toy, I joked about how 
I'd been telling everyone, "I'm like a vacuum 
evangelist!" And that's when it hit me. The owner of the 
vacuum cleaner company, if he'd met me, would 
probably have said, "Well done, good and faithful 
servant. You've helped us sell a lot of vacuums." 
   A preacher once told me that I should put 
myself on what he called the "Ten-Thousand-Year 
Plan" - that is, try not to focus too much on 
things that won't matter ten thousand years from 
   I thought of this in regard to my floors. 
Ten thousand years from now, no one will know 
how almost effortlessly clean they've become. In 
fact, ten years from now  or even a week from 
now ... no one will care! Only what I've done 
for the Lord will matter. 
   Lord, help me to focus less on day-to-day 
trivialities and more on the Ten-Thousand-Year Plan! 
Ginger Rue [Walking in Grace 2021 Devotional by 
Guideposts and Zondervan] 


An Urgent Charge
   Paul wrote with urgency, "I solemnly 
charge you in the presence of God and of Christ 
Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and 
by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the 
word; be ready in season and out of season; 
reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and 
instruction" (4:1"2). In other words, stick with the 
preaching plan God has promised to bless and use. 
Deliver the biblical goods! Be a man or woman of the 
   Don't attempt to be so creative and cute 
that folks miss the truth. No need for 
meaningless and silly substitutes that entertain but 
rarely convict the lost and edify the saved. Teach 
the truth. Will you notice something here? This 
exhortation is not addressed to the hearer, it's for the 
speaker. The one who is to do this is the one 
proclaiming the message. Be ready to do it in season and 
out of season. Being ready implies being 
prepared both mentally and spiritually. 
   In essence, Paul says, "Don't be lazy. Do 
your homework. Don't stand up and start with an 
apology that you didn't quite have adequate time to 
prepare. That doesn't wash." And do so faithfully - 
when it's convenient and when it's not. 
   Sadly, in an alarming number of churches 
today, God's people are being told what they want 
to hear rather than what they need to hear. 
They are being fed warm milk, not solid meat. A 
watered-down gospel may attract large crowds (for a 
while), but it has no eternal impact. I've not been 
able to find any place in the Scriptures where 
God expresses the least bit of concern for 
drawing numbers. Satisfying the curious itching ears 
of our postmodern audiences is an exercise in 
   The task of ministry is to deliver Truth. 
Frankly, I intend to continue doing just that, by 
God's grace, until the day He calls me home. And I 
think there is an ever-increasing number of 
believers who long for nourishing messages based on 
the Word of God, not human opinion. 
   The world urgently needs more Christians 
with the fervor and faith of Paul. Will you be 
one of them? Will you answer the charge? If so, 
there's no better time than now to begin. 
   Jesus said, "Go and make disciples of all 
nations  and I will be with you" (Matthew 
28:19"20 NIV). There is no greater challenge and no 
more comforting promise. Believe it. Trust it. 
And by the grace of God, go do it! [Chuck 
Swindoll www.insight.org.] 


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