Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Instant Christian

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

Some people can be very picky.  They like things done in a certain way and if it is not what they like, the way they like, they don't want anything to do with it.  Sometimes we see this with children who only want to eat certain kinds of foods and they refuse to eat others.  There are some people that are looking for the perfect moment to do something and then when they think that they have that moment it often does not work out the way they dreamed it would.  While we may not think of ourselves as that kind of person normally, we may sometimes act like that with spiritual things.

There are Christians who think that they should be able to do what they want, when they want, the way that they want.  They think that what they do for God in their life should somehow be the ideal thing that they would like to do in a pristine setting; but this is not reality.  If we expect to only serve God when everything is perfect and at just the right time we are going to be sadly disappointed.  It seems that just when we get settled something will come along that knocks us right out of our comfort zone and requires us to do more than we wanted to do when we didn't want to do it.

Paul encouraged Timothy to be ready to do the things that needed to be done in season and out of season.  The King James Translation says, "be instant in season, out of season".  That is a good picture; we need to be ready to go in an instant.  The devil will never attack us at a convenient time, people will never have a crisis when we are necessarily ready to deal with it, and the work God calls us to do will probably not be with the exact conditions we would dream of.  But, we can know that no matter what happens, when it happens, and how it happens God is there to help us.  By filling ourselves with God's Word and trusting the Holy Spirit to help us and guide us we can be the kind of Christian who is ready anytime, anywhere to do anything that needs to be done!

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