Stay On Your Grind
2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
The Miami Heat
Remember a few years back when the Miami Heat were a force to be reckoned with? They had the big three: LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh! It was like watching a circus every time you watched a Heat game. LeBron with his dunks, Wade with his euro steps, and Bosh with his clutch fade away jump shots, made every game a thrill to watch.
I remember seeing a video of LeBron and Wade training during their off season. In the video the two are discussing the work out they just completed, and the fact that whether in season or not, they had to train – because they had a championship to win.
That video, to this day, still resonates with me. It resonates with me because it shows how true champions aren’t made in the spot light – they’re made during the off season.
Paul & Timothy
In 2 Timothy 4:2 Paul directs Timothy to “be ready in season and out of season”. Some Bible translations say, “be prepared whether the time is favorable or not”.
The point is, Timothy was to be equipped, and actively preaching the gospel whether it was popular, dangerous, convenient, comfortable, painful, etc.
He was to be ready and active at all times.
While Paul was referring to Timothy’s ministry, and his responsibility to preach the Gospel, there are still larger applications to this passage.
I believe that we ought to share our faith in season and out of season. Whether it’s popular or not, our faith should never be suppressed to appease the audience or situation around us.
However, more than that, I believe all of the gifts and responsibilities that God has given us should be exercised – “whether the time is favorable or not”.
We are seasonal people. We have our highs and our lows. At times life can be easy breezy, at others it can seem too much to bear.
Unfortunately, this constant fluctuation spills over into the way we manage what God has given us. There are moments when we feel inspired, so we put more work into our God-given gifts. At other times, we feel inspirationally drained, so our gifts take a back seat.
At times our familial responsibilities are at the forefront of our minds. We become active and engaged spouses, parents, siblings, and children. Still, at other times, the pressures of life weigh upon us, so our relationships take a hit, and we become neglectful.
We live our lives “riding the wave”, reacting to what life throws at us, rather than remaining consistent whether the wave is there or not.
Stay On Your Grind
Overall, I believe Paul was trying to tell Timothy to “stay on his grind”, whether times were good or bad. After all, Timothy’s responsibilities transcended the conveniences of life. The Gospel had to be spread come hell or high water.
I can’t help but think how much our lives would change if we remained consistently engaged and focused on our gifts and responsibilities -regardless of the season we’re in.
Perhaps you’ve had a creative idea that has remained idle because the time doesn’t “feel right”. Maybe you’ve noticed your responsibilities to your spouse have taken a back seat because you’ve “been so busy”. Or maybe you’ve been on top of things, but you’re feeling tired, and in need of a break.
To you I say – get on your grind, and stay on it; because the things God has gifted and placed upon us are far too important to have life dictate whether we’ll actively manage them, or let them fall by the wayside.
Question: What kind of things do you do to ensure you’re staying on your grind?
Check out last week’s devo, “Jesus Remains Faithful“!