II Timothy 4:1-2 ” 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.”

Show of hands please…how many of you are over and done with COVID 19 and just want it to go back to normal?  As the weeks drag on, my indifference has increased with each boring day…my lack of concern or interest in things leading only to more apathy.  So when I read these Scriptures today, I said to myself, “This must be what it feels like to be ‘out of season’.”  I don’t feel like sharing the Gospel Message with others, or reaching out with encouragement…but that’s not what I’m being told to do here.  For my feelings have nothing to do with it, and I need to be ready, willing, and able to share the love of Jesus whether I feel like it or not.  That’s what being prepared in season or out of season means.  It all boils down to this…we are to fight the good fight of faith (I Timothy 6:12)… which means struggling daily with our thoughts and feelings in order to be a tool for God to use.

II Timothy 4:7 ” I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

At the end of all Believer’s lives we would hope to be able to echo Paul’s words here.  Yes, I’ve struggled against temptation daily, but I’ve valiantly tried to remain honest and upright before the Lord.  I’ve professed my faith to others…contending for the prize… the victor’s crown of eternal life.  And in the end, like Paul, I wish to be able to say with confidence,  that I have finished the race and completed the task- the ministry- that the Lord Jesus Christ has laid out before me. (Acts 20:24)

II Coronicles 20:15 “…this is what the Lord says to you:’Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.’ “

We look at the insurmountable struggle in front of us with a sense of dread and hopelessness, knowing we’re not up to the battle. But the Lord is not asking us to do the fighting at all. He wants us to simply watch while He contends on our behalf. So, take your eyes off the battle, and put them on Him.

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