Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; ‚Ä¶2 Timothy 4:2 KJV
Sometimes being ‚Äėinstant in season and out of season‚Äô is easier quoted than practiced. We usually want to know exactly what the task is before we make a commitment to do it. Being a preacher‚Ä¶I can tell you for sure it is easier to preach than to practice. However, after having said that, I do have many stories of where I died to self in order to do what I was sent to do.
Such was the case one Sunday morning when the Lord asked Did he ask you or tell you? me to go to a town about an hour and a half away from where I lived. I had never been to this church before, so I did not know anybody and I was not sure why I was going. I drove to the town, found out where the church was and pulled up and got out of my car. It was a rather large church and a lot of people were going up the steps to the sanctuary. I noticed a lady standing on the top step looking at me as I approached the steps. She asked ‚ÄúAre you the preacher?‚ÄĚ and I said, ‚ÄúI am.‚ÄĚ Then she said, ‚ÄúCome on in and I will take you to the pastor‚Äôs study and tell the elders you are here.‚ÄĚ I walked into the pastor‚Äôs study and sat down. In a few minutes the office door opened and there stood the lady with the elders of the church. They asked ‚ÄúAre you the preacher?‚ÄĚ and I replied, ‚ÄúI am.‚ÄĚ The elders said, ‚ÄúShe (referring to the lady) said you had a word for us‚ÄĚ and I said. ‚ÄúI do.‚ÄĚ Then they said, ‚ÄúWell it is time to start the service so, are you ready?‚ÄĚ I said, ‚ÄúI am,‚ÄĚ and then we walked to the platform.
Up until then I was so busy saying ‚ÄúI am,‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúI do‚ÄĚ that I forgot to ask the Lord what I was suppose to preach. When the realization hit me that I was the man of the hour I did some serious praying (you might even call it begging) for God to give me a word. Nevertheless, that morning I preached to a packed house‚ÄĒthen left.
By way of explanation, this church had just lost their pastor and one the elders was supposed to preach that morning. This lady had been in intercession with God when she got the word that the Lord was going to send someone special that morning with a specific word for them. The elders brushed her off and went into another room to pray. She told them, ‚ÄúYou can go pray if you want to, but I am going outside and wait for the preacher.‚ÄĚ She then waited on the front steps for me to drive up.
There are two very important points here that are worth mentioning. The first point is that it was her faith that drew me from an hour and a half away. She had mountain-moving faith and proved it. The second important point is that your answer to God should always be, ‚ÄúYes Lord,‚ÄĚ my desire is to be ‚Äúinstant in season and out of season.‚ÄĚ
Thank you for allowing me the privilege of meeting such a woman of faith. She was a woman that would not allow the ridicule of others to hinder her faith in your word. I pray we should all learn to be obedient to your word as this woman.
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