2 Timothy 4:2-5
Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage- with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
These verses are packed full of meaning for me. For some reason I keep thinking about Christmas. I am thinking about how every year I hope to “get that Christmas spirit.” Verse 2 of today’s passage tells me to “be prepared in season and out of season”. The Christmas spirit is Jesus- I wonder what God thinks when I search for some kind of special feeling at that time of year. I should be in the Spirit every day, in season and out of season. God is the same all year long. His promises are the same. Holidays should be times when I am reminded again of what I believe. But they are not the source of my hope and joy. God is.
Dear God, you have given us everything we need, all year long. I will try to remember to be thankful, each and every day. Amen
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