Preach The Word
Posted: Tuesday, October 25
2 Timothy 4:1-22
Verse of the day:
I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he comes to set up his Kingdom: Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.( 2 Timothy 4:1-2)
Proclaim the good news, Paul says. It is not news of what we have to do for God. Rather, the gospel is the story of what God has already done for us. That truth is what ministers to the broken-hearted. The gospel is the good news that God loves us, He longs for us, and sees us in our hurt, our agony, our failure, and our weakness. The gospel is, that even when He sees us in our posturing and pride, He still He loves us. And He has already done something about it through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus.
In that incredible series of events that brought Jesus to earth, He broke the stranglehold of evil that imprisoned our hearts. He found a way to set aside the just penalty of death we all deserved. And through those, who open their hearts to the Savior, He has found a way, not only to die for us, but to come and live in us and start the process of renewing us, remaking us, and restoring us to our lost inheritance.
This is the “Word” we are to proclaim—It’s not just the preachers that are called to proclaim this “Word”, it’s a command that Jesus gave to all of us as He was taken up into Heaven from the mount. The responsibility to “proclaim” lies with every Christian in every circumstance of life.
Paul’s words come through clearly in this passage. This is what the Apostle is seeking to bring to focus in our minds. Against the background of watching the heavens for the return of Jesus, and taking into account the redemptive work of Christ, Paul lays this solemn charge on all of us—Preach the Word.”