Out of Season

I did not grow up in a family that hunts, but when I was in college one of my friends took me hunting with her. She got me all set up, showed me how to use the rifle and we went to her stand and waited.

Not long after a big ole doe walked out and I shot her.

Yep I killed my first dear! She dropped dead in her tracks. I couldn’t believe it. We didn’t have to go track her down (I had no idea that was a thing). Erin and her dad did all the things you do when you kill your first. Put blood on my face, skinned the dear..you get the idea. Sorry if this grosses you out, but I do have a point…. Ha.

This was in 2008, 15 years ago. I never went hunting again. Not because I hated it or anything, but it wasn’t something I had a lot of access to.

Hunting is something that takes a lot of preparation. You have to plan in and out of season. You need the land, you need the clearing, you have to put out food. Now this is a description of modern hunting that is for sport. I know nothing about hunting for survival.

I want to take you to 2 Timothy chapter 4.

Paul is finishing up his second letter to Timothy. He is in a roman prison for the second time and is anticipating his own death. He is urging Timothy to continue in faith.

Lets starts in 4:1-2

“I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort with complete patience and teaching.”

In season and out of season

It’s easy to think; “Oh ok, so this means I don’t have to preach all the time, just during the season”

Nope. Sharing the message of Jesus is not like hunting season. It is all season. What Paul means here is this

In season-when its convenient

Out of season-when its inconvenient

We can’t treat our faith like I have my hunting. I went one time and I didn’t even personally do the work. Someone else did. They sacrificed a deer for me to have an experience.

Our faith is not an experience, it is an all season lifestyle and going to church once a week will not be enough.

2 Timothy 4:3-5

“For the time is coming when people will not ensure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry”

Sound familiar?

We are there. We are in a time of numerous false teachers.

This was Paul’s ultimate charge to Timothy.

“Fulfill your ministry”

What is your ministry?

What “season” are you in? Convenient or inconvenient

I’m gonna be completely honest. I am in a completely inconvenient season. I’m married and have a 5 and 2 year old. I have a full time job as a CRNA. Life is incredibly busy, but God is my redeemer. He brought me out of the miry clay. Placed me in this incredible marriage. He blessed me with two beautiful daughters and a job that allows me more time off to purse this ministry I have now. So I will push forward and serve even though it’s inconvenient.

You.

You are my ministry.

I pour hours into writing content to encourage and spur YOU into change. I pray that at least one person who reads will perk up and say

“I’m not doing enough, Lord send me”

“Lord use me”

“Lord save me”

“Lord I believe and want to follow you”

Do the prep work.

My friend and her dad did all the work so I could kill my one and only deer. I’m doing a lot of prep work for you to get motivated. Get out of your comfort zone and Go.

Go disciple

Go tell your story.

Don’t forget to ask.

Ask for help

Ask for wisdom

Ask for guidance

Lord,

As I grow older the inconvenient season seems to be where I am all the time, but Lord I know you placed me here, and asked me to do this for a reason. Lord I pray for this reader that may be in a convenient season, but they lack motivation. Or lack the tools. I pray that I can help them. I pray I can be like my friend that had all the tools and showed me what to do. Lord I pray for revival in the hearts of my readers. I pray our hospitals will be turned upside down by the power of Jesus love. I pray hearts will change and lives will be changed. Thank you for my inconvenient season. Thank you for letting me serve you and serve others.

In Jesus name

Amen

PS: Happy Valentines Day ❤️❤️

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