“Ready in Season…”
Be ready in season and out of season —2 Timothy 4:2
Many of us suffer from the unbalanced tendency to “be ready” only “out of season.” The season does not refer to time; it refers to us.
This verse says, “Preach the Word! Be ready in season and out of season.” In other words, we should “be ready” whether we feel like it or not. If we do only what we feel inclined to do, some of us would never do anything. There are some people who are totally unemployable in the spiritual realm. They are spiritually feeble and weak, and they refuse to do anything unless they are supernaturally inspired. The proof that our relationship is right with God is that we do our best whether we feel inspired or not.
One of the worst traps a Christian worker can fall into is to become obsessed with his own exceptional moments of inspiration. When the Spirit of God gives you a time of inspiration and insight, you tend to say, “Now that I’ve experienced this moment, I will always be like this for God.” No, you will not, and God will make sure of that. Those times are entirely the gift of God. You cannot give them to yourself when you choose. If you say you will only be at your best for God, as during those exceptional times, you actually become an intolerable burden on Him. You will never do anything unless God keeps you consciously aware of His inspiration to you at all times. If you make a god out of your best moments, you will find that God will fade out of your life, never to return until you are obedient in the work He has placed closest to you, and until you have learned not to be obsessed with those exceptional moments He has given you. (My Utmost for His Highest)
There’s an obvious jump from this devotional to a CEN application given our “readiness” message. I think one of the most applicable points is the idea that we have to continue to be ready, even when we aren’t inspired. As with most things that require obedience, there is the initial momentum of motivation (whether internal or external) but then a longer, less-motivated, process to walking out the decisions made in the moment.
As people experience (or witness) crisis or disaster, they usually experience the external motivation of I need to be prepared just in case this happens again…but over time they lose that motivation for other pressing needs and even a lack of desire to continue the preparedness process. So what are some ways we can help people stay motivated or disciplined to carry out their desire to be ready?
- Recognize that it’s a point of obedience, and not just something they do.
- Continue to remind them of their desire for preparedness.
- Make preparedness available in easy, simple steps that aren’t a big time commitment or financial commitment.
- Cover others and their preparedness process in prayer.
What are some other ways that you can think of?