IN SEASON AND OUT OF SEASON
The apostle Paul charged the young evangelist, Timothy, to “preach the word” in season and out of season. ( 2 Tim 4:2) Most sermons I have heard said that meant when it is convenient and when it is not. The context certainly implies be ready to correct, rebuke, and encourage at all times using the God-breathed Scripture mentioned in verse 16 of the previous chapter.
Paul also charged elders with much the same language. ( 1 Tim 5:17) What would that look like to an elder and a church today?
IN SEASON might be a time in which all the brethren:
# are at peace with each other,
# are giving cheerfully as prospered,
# are growing in love for each other and outsiders,
# are praying without ceasing,
# hate the evil and cling to the good,
# attend regularly all services of the church,
# share with and build up each other,
# take joy in searching the Scriptures,
# are honest and patient with everyone.
OUT OF SEASON
Obviously the Devil would not let such a situation like that continue unabated for long. He would try to sow seeds of discord between brethren. He would spread envy, jealousy, pride, suspicion and several other hurtful traits. He was able to infiltrate the seven churches mentioned in Revelation as well as the one in Corinth. Any church today that feels it is above all that has put themselves in the position of the Laodiceans of whom Christ said, “you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked.” ( Rev 3: 17)
Whether in season or out of season, we all must be instant (KJV) ready (NAS) prepared (NIV) to “preach the word.” ( 2 Tim 4:2)