Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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 (NIV))
Do you consider yourself capable of preaching the Gospel?
I realize that this is a very scary question, but if you stop to think about it, we are all charged to tell the good news.
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
(Mark 16:15-16 (NIV))
I realize that Jesus said this to His disciples, but if we follow Jesus, then we are also His disciples. He did not tell them to appoint someone to go. He did not tell them to hire someone to go. He did not tell them to sit on the sidelines while others go. He did not tell them to sit and criticize those who are going. He simply said to go and preach!
For some of us, that is easier said then done. We may not be eloquent enough to string more than a few words together verbally. Some may be able to preach in ways that we don’t even think of as preaching. We can preach, or show someone, the Gospel by our actions. We can preach by putting the love of Jesus into something that will make people take notice and ask why. When they ask, then we can rely on the Holy Spirit to help us with the words.
Think about the woman caught in adultery. Did Jesus preach to her, or did He show love and mercy? We are all capable of doing that.
I realize that I have quoted this many times before, but it is a very valuable truth.
“Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”
(St. Francis of Asisi)
Are you prepared to preach the word?