OUT OF SEASON?

"I have chosen you and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit (Jn 15.16)."

There are many times in my life I don't preach the gospel as I ought to. I wonder why? Is it because of sin in my life? Am I in the flesh (Rom 7.18)? Has my belly become my God (Phil 3.19)? Maybe I can't produce fruit in certain seasons, just as a tree does not produce fruit year round. But Paul wrote to Timothy, "Be instant in season and out of season (2 Tim 4.2)."

The gospel according to the scriptures can be easily preached by asking another if they have heard the good new (Gospel means good news.) and telling them - "Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose the third day (1 Cor 15.1-4)." There are so many who need to hear the gospel message that they might believe on Christ and be saved (Jn 6.47 & Acts 16.31)! But sometimes, even though it is simple, it seems nearly impossible to preach. Should we place the gospel on our lips even during these times? Maybe so, for when we confess Him before others, he confesses us before his Father in heaven (Mt 10.32), which gives us boldness to preach it to the next person (Phil 4.13).

There were times in Christ's life when he went apart. It was then that he cultivated his relationship with his Father in heaven. Spending time in prayer and the study of God's word and worshipping God in a corporate setting helps us draw nigh to God that we might bring preach the gospel more boldly and thereby bring forth fruit (Jas 4.8 & John 15.16). Paul had periods of timidity. He sometimes was in the flesh, cold and distant from God (Rom 7. 14-25). He wrote, "Pray for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel (Eph 6.19)." But he worked out his salvation (Phil 2.12); and in the end was able to say with assurance, "I have fought a good fight (2 Tim 4.7)."

It is meritorious to tell another that "Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose the third day (1 Cor 15.3-4)." even when we are out of season by first asking them if they have heard the good news or saying "good news." Let's be instant in season and out of season (2 Tim 4.2).

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