Yesterday we learned that the gospel needs to be defended if people try to distort it. I think many Christians would agree with that; if they heard something wrong, they may be bold enough to correct the one speaking in error.
In today’s reading, Paul is taking it a step further. We should not only be correcting when we hear something wrong, but we should be out there preaching the gospel!
“Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage- with great patience and careful instruction.” (4:2)
On that point, I believe many Christians may think, “Not me! That’s not my job! I’m not a trained pastor or teacher! I’ll let someone else do the correcting and rebuking.”
Well…….would you consider yourself a man or woman of God?…….if so, than look at 3:16, “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be throughly equipped for every good work.”
Paul is giving Timothy “..this charge: Preach the Word,” (4:2); he is giving it to us men and women of God as well!
I am so glad that I have been doing this reading plan! It helps acquaint me with what scripture says and prepares me to use scripture in conversation when needed. I hope the reading plan is doing the same for you so that you can be prepared in season and out of season!