"Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine (2 Timothy 4:2).."
The verse above deals with our persistence in preaching the Gospel. We have to do it when it’s convenient and when it’s not convenient! We have to herald and preach the Word! Keep your sense of urgency; be prepared and ready at all times. This is important, because we’re soldiers in God’s army, kitted and ready always for the task at hand.
Paul admonished Timothy to endure afflictions and do the work of an evangelist: “But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry” (2 Timothy4:5). Sometimes, there’re difficulties to go through; the conditions can be quite harsh and terrible; there can be hardship. However, as good soldiers for Christ, we must keep on keeping on; we must not give up; we must not give in. We must keep preaching the Gospel, irrespective of the tests, trials, and persecutions we face.
John 15:18-19 says, “…If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” There’ll always be persecution; there’ll be those who will despise you, because of your love and commitment to Jesus Christ.
There’ll be difficult times; but in the midst of all that, you’ll always win! Always remember that. So, don’t give up when things look difficult!
When you realize that the message of salvation committed to us to preach is man’s only hope for salvation, you’ll never be discouraged and distracted by mundane things. Think like Paul who said, “…for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel” (1 Corinthians 9:16). Be challenged like Esther who, not minding what could befall her, took a stand for righteousness, and asserted, “…if I perish, I perish” (Esther 4:16).
Be courageous for the Gospel. There’re risks to take; there’re things we must do to ensure the spread of the Gospel around the world. Therefore, be persistent, in season, and out of season.