Saturday, November 21, 2015

Out of Season


Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction. 2 Timothy 4:2

 I placed my sandwich order and waited. Another server saw me standing alone and asked if I had been helped. I said yes, she asked how my day was going I said, “Okay.” She said “Just okay?” I said, “Actually it is going terrific. I just got back from church.” My sandwiches were placed on the counter, I reached for them and then the young woman asked, “What did you learn in church today?”

With stomach growling and my wife waiting in the car, I looked at her as 2 Timothy 4:2 came to mind, “in season and out of season.”  Fortunately the scripture from that day’s sermon quickly came to mind. I shared what I learned, and was able to encourage her to continue her journey as a new Christian. We said our goodbyes and I left. The sandwich tasted better knowing that I had put the word first before my empty stomach. I know without a doubt, God has someone for you to encourage, correct, or instruct today. Be ready when it is convenient or inconvenient, and remember the words of Bill Bright; “a successful witness is simply sharing Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit and leaving the results to God.”


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