In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 2 Tim 4:1-2
In this text the Apostle Paul is talking to Timothy, his protegé. Interestingly, Paul re-emphasises what he’s already has said. He uses “Kerusso” to emphasis to Timothy the responsibility that he now has. Timothy is taking on the esteemed role of pastor. He’s also is to share the Gospel. Just like Timothy, we all need to be heralds of the Gospel. We all need to proclaim its message in words and deeds. Some call this lifestyle evangelism.
Paul tells Timothy to be prepared at all times (in season and out of season). We must be prepared to speak and show Christ’s love and lifestyle to both believers and unbelievers alike. You’ll notice Paul re-emphases his words from 2 Tim 3:16-17. To relay this in today’s terms of, we have to be patient with people. We have to show them how to live Christ like. In doing this, we must not compromise our values in order to appease them. People will see the duplicity of our actions. That’s why we must be consistent and steadfast in our walk with Christ. As Paul says, we must correct our Christian brothers and sister when they’re going off the right path. We must do this in a loving manner.
I’m certain many of you didn’t become the Christian you are overnight. It takes time. Well, it did for me and I still don’t have it correct. It appears to me that people want Grace and Mercy given to them quickly but they are not as swift to give Grace and Mercy. Let’s be very liberal in giving out grace and mercy to everyone.
Now go out there and show the world how Christians truly are.