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A while ago, when I was in junior high school, I remember a teacher of mine that taught the process of the “big bang” and carbon dating. Though I did not really have a care at that time the difference from the “big bang” theory and a Creator. One thing that stands out in my mind now is that he told our class that they were theories. I never knew what his stance was but, he put doubt in both. This doubt was important for me to decide confidently on my Creator when I fell in love with Him.
In II Timothy 4:1-8 “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 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. For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day–and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” Paul is reminding us to always lead our life and to be ready to represent the Word at all times.
Most importantly to be ready with the Word to use it patiently and carefully. As with all that we do we must use His standards to lead it, live it,learn it, and teach it. Stand firm on the Word, never leave it behind, don’t water it down, and use it confidently. We will be challenged to walk away, not speak the truth or provide only half of the truth. The truth is not always fashionable or warm and fuzzy, it can hurt, but that should allow us to grow. Grow in Him!
Re-read verse 8, lead with the Word, preach the Word, live the Word, and learn the Word. Be completely ready to let go and live your life out loud for Him!
Love ya,
Mark

July 8, 2010 Posted by | Mark | | Leave a comment