Keep your Urgency
1 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. —2 Timothy 4:1-5 (NKJV)
Today I felt like I got knocked off my feet and fell flat on my face. Honestly, I needed it. Would you change your behavior if you felt like each day bled into another? Why do something today when it could just be done tomorrow?
If you read the verse above, 2 Timothy 4:1-5, you see in verse 2 it says be ready in and out of season. Read below what that verse reads in the Amplified Version:
2 preach the word [as an official messenger]; be ready when the time is right and even when it is not [keep your sense of urgency, whether the opportunity seems favorable or unfavorable, whether convenient or inconvenient, whether welcome or unwelcome]; correct [those who err in doctrine or behavior], warn [those who sin], exhort and encourage [those who are growing toward spiritual maturity], with inexhaustible patience and [faithful] teaching.
Repeat after me, “Keep your sense of urgency,” and “whether convenient or inconvenient, whether welcome or unwelcome.” Now let me explain what knocked me off my feet.
I’m not sure how your church does church, or even if you go to church, but typically our church does worship and music, then preaching. I love worship. It’s in worship that I feel free, like I could take off dancing in praise and not look back. The Holy Spirit touches me while I worship with His sweet, sweet Presence. God is good, folks.
As I’m in worship my mind pictures *Stacey (name changed), a friend of a patient from my healthcare job. My patient has expressed her frustration with her friend Stacey because she sits at home and lets negative talk ruin her life. Stacey’s son just died months ago and she blames herself for it. Stacey is stuck in a cycle full of lies and can hardly leave the house because of her depression and grief.
I feel a nudge from the Holy Spirit to invite her and the patient to my church. Because I’ve been healed by Jesus and I know He can heal her hurt too. I want her to feel the freedom I do in worship. I want her to dance and sing and experience joy again. Lasting joy.
Maybe you see this coming. I don’t have a direct connection to Stacey, but I see the patient a few times that week. I don’t mention one time about inviting her and her friend to my church. Self doubt, fear of rejection– whatever it is, I can’t bring myself to talk to the patient about her friend.
Our pastor preaches on urgency, using the above verses. I fight back tears as I think of all the opportunities I’ve let pass. The Bible is so clear, if you don’t believe in Jesus as your Lord and Savior, eternity in Hell awaits you. Sharing about Jesus is literally a life or death matter.
The patients walks in with her head low. Someone asks how she is, and she says,”I’ve been better.” I go over to help her get started and after setting up, she tells me what’s up.
“Stacey died last Thursday.”
My mind immediately goes back to the last Sunday and I gasp in unbelief. The patient doesn’t know how she passed away or who found her or much information. I tell the patient that I felt like I was supposed to invite her to church last week, but I never did.
Before you know it, I’m sobbing at my job, tears running down my face as pure grief and regret grips my heart. I was supposed to share with Stacey the healing I’ve found, and how she can dance in joy and healing. But now…
I share this because it’s important. You don’t need to be a pastor to preach the Word. The Lord doesn’t make mistakes, He’s placed you where He wants you. You are meant to be a light-bearer where you, sharing the Word with your friends and family.
May the Lord place a sense of urgency in your heart. May the Lord give you opportunity to share the amazing story of grace and love that is Jesus Christ. And if you don’t know Jesus, may you know that He came to this earth and died a terrible death on a cross so you and I could experience true life and freedom. That only through Him can you experience life, hope, peace, joy, healing, restoration, and love.
Amen and Amen. You are loved.
Written by Katrina Prater, read more about her here