Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
–2 Timothy 4:2
What does it mean to be instant?
I’ve heard sermons and stories on how we are to be ready at any moment to share the gospel, to defend our faith, or to give an answer. Most often, you’ll see 2 Timothy 4:2 paired with 1 Peter 3:5.
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
It’s called apologetics, from the Greek word apologia, which means to defend or vindicate. Because we are Christians, we must be prepared to defend to apologia the hope that is in us by faith. What does that mean practically? It means we know why we believe what we believe. But, apologetics and the defense of our faith isn’t the only application I see in 2 Timothy 4:2. In addition to knowing why we believe, we need to live what we believe. It’s not enough to just know it. We can take the same approach to this passage that we would to the verse that says “Pray without ceasing”, (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Does this mean we should verbally pray every second, night and day? I don’t think so.
To pray without ceasing is to have a continual spirit of communion with God. What is prayer? Prayer is fellowship with God. So, to fellowship with God continually, we need to have a spirit of prayer, a readiness to pray, and an awareness of God around us and with us. So, to preach the word; being instant in season and out of season is to LIVE the word.
Preach without ceasing!
Our lives are a testimony of our faith. Preach with your life, with your actions, have a continual spirit of evangelism about you. When your life is your witness and you preach with your actions, then when people inquire about the hope that is in you, you will be ready to give an answer!
As writers, how we point others to Christ, how we live out our faith and preach the Word is through the unique, God-given gift of insanity. Writers are blessed with a affinity fro words and how to use them in the oat effective way possible. It’s not just an art or talent to be admired, but a fearsome weapon great power. The ability to write well was not simply handed to us, rather it was entrusted to us. We have a responsibility, and in some ways a compulsion of God to use it for his glory.
So, here’s the rub:
What does any of this have to do with you? Sure, it’s all nice, flowery, and scripture-based, but it applies to mostly to general activities and not to writing, (which is my primary target). What’s the catch here? Alright, the deal is all writers have a separate personality when writing. It’s a mandatory requirement of writers, we take on different persnalities as narrators of our own stories. So, my question: is your writing personality living for Christ as much as you are?
Beyond writers, is the person you are for others, the person behind the camera on Instagram, the person on the other end of the phone at the office, the person you on screen and off screen, out in public and in your own home: is that person living for Christ as much as you are?
The gospel, the Word of God, we are called to preach through our words, written or spoken; and through our deeds, physical or literary.
May we preach the gospel as loudly and as often with our pens as we would with our mouths. May the preacher we are in public be the person we are in private. LIVE the word!
As always, thanks for reading.
—the anonymous novelist