In the message “By All Possible Means” we ended with an encouragement that “we each have a message to share, a message which can encourage and be used to draw others to faith in Jesus.” We were then exhorted to “begin to share this message with ALL.” But as we boldly go out and begin to minister to others, we must ensure we are ministering according to truth.
Paul’s second letter to Timothy was the last of his writings. Written while in prison and awaiting a certain death, Paul used this letter to give some final encouragement to a young preacher.
2 Timothy 4:1-2
“I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction.”
Paul knew his time of ministry had come to an end; and with his last words, he told Timothy to carefully “Preach the Word.” Timothy had been taught the true Word of God, but Paul warned that people would not accept this truth; “Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear” (2 Timothy 4:3).
There have always been those who distort the Gospel message – always those who remove the sufficiency of the Cross or the necessity of a repentant heart. The world rewards those who dilute the truth of Christ with the philosophy of man and his methods of success. Unfortunately, false teachers will continue to abound and will always have an audience.
But we must refuse to compromise! We have been given the Word of God – a message of truth which can change the world. And while this message is a wonderful blessing, it also carries an incredible responsibility. We are called to know this message and apply its principles of forgiveness, grace, and love as we live a life devoted to holiness, thanksgiving, and praise. We then must share this message of absolute truth with others at every opportunity.
Our time here is very, very short. We are “a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” (James 4:14). Some of us may vanish in a few days, others not for many years – but we will ALL vanish. What remains in the end will ONLY be that which is done according to truth and for the glory of God…so let’s make the most of every moment!
Let’s focus more of our time and effort on the treasures which last for eternity and demonstrate the love of Christ. Let’s remain aligned to His Word and continue to apply the truth we have received, sharing with others without shame or compromise. Let’s accept the charge today to stand firm and Preach the Word!
Have a Christ Centered Day!
God’s Daily Word Ministries
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Oct 30 Lamentations 2:20-3:66; Hebrews 1:1-14; Psalm 102:1-28; Proverbs 26:21-22