Committed to Bible Reading – Wednesday

Preach the word. Be ready to do it whether it is convenient or inconvenient.
Correct, confront, and encourage with patience and instruction. (2 Timothy 4:2)

There are both explicit and subtle pressures in our world encouraging us to privatize our Christian faith. But we are to share the word nonetheless, whether it is “convenient or inconvenient,” teaching, correcting, rebuking, and patiently inviting others to consider following Jesus. “If you have thoughts on religion, keep them to yourself,” says popular sentiment. The writer of Second Timothy disagrees: “Preach the word.” The command could not be more plain.

But to preach the word, one must know the word. This verse from Second Timothy is but a sampling of Scripture. There is more to be discovered. Take time today to read the Parable of the Soils in Mark 4, or choose another portion of Scripture to sit and soak with. Let the word permeate your mind. Internalize it. Let it shape you. And then share it. Spread some seed. Then wait to see what comes up.

Beautiful Savior, let my preaching of the word always build up,
always encourage, always steer others right,
and always point to you. In Christ’s name, amen
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From Committed to Christ: Tweets, Posts, and Prayers by Ben Simpson, Copyright © 2012 by Abingdon Press. Used by permission.