2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.
We don’t get to choose when we will speak the gospel. When the moment comes, we need to be ready. “Preaching” isn’t just Sunday morning, and it’s not just for “Preachers.” We are all meant to proclaim God’s Word, that’s Preaching. Most people think of the Sunday morning message as something that should attract people, be engaging, exciting, interesting, funny, etc… but listen to how Paul describes preaching… “reprove, rebuke, and exhort.” It’s all those things. Preachers need to stand for the truth, regardless of popularity. Preaching is and exercise in “the long game.” One of the most frustrating things about teaching people God’s Word is there is no way to get it all in. Most of the time, we are only given 30-40 minutes a week. That’s impossible. But we are patient, we preach the Bible to the people, week in and week out. Sure, people want to say “wow, that was a good message” but what matters more is, was the Word faithfully delivered. People want to hear that what they already believe, what they feel, is right. It’s harder to tell people the truth they don’t want to hear.