Read 2 Timothy 4:1­­­-8.

Paul charges Timothy to speak what God has already spoken, no more and no less. He urges him not to take liberty with the Word of God—to massage its message, soften its hard edges, or make it more palatable to a new generation. Like Timothy, we must be faithful to the Bible, God’s holy Word, “in season and out of season” (2 Timothy 4:2).

You may not be a pastor like Timothy was, but that doesn’t mean your responsibility to share the Word is any less important. All of Jesus’ followers are called to share the Gospel (see Matthew 28:19-20 and 1 Peter 3:15). We are living in the last days, inching ever closer to that glorious moment when Jesus will return. For those of us who know Him, we wait with eager expectation. But for the lost, time is running out—therefore, we must act with urgency, always be relevant, and never lose patience as we share the Truth of the Gospel.

As to urgency, we must be ready and alert—looking for opportunities to share the Truth. People are dying and will spend eternity in torment. If we love our neighbors, our family, our friends, then the very least we can do is to warn them. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is too eternally important to be left unshared.

Our message must also be relevant. Of course, this doesn’t mean we change the Truth of God’s Word to make it more acceptable to our culture. Rather, it means we apply the Truth to the personal situations of those we meet. For those who are tormented by doubt, we convince them by argument. For those who are haunted by fear, we encourage them to overcome by the power found in the Lord Jesus Christ—our sure and eternal hope.

Finally, we must be patient. In these last days, the time is short, so we may feel the need to pressure people about coming to Christ. But we must remain humble, remembering we cannot save anyone. Jesus said, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them” (John 6:44). In humility, we trust God and leave the timing of salvation to Him, praying always and speaking in love when He gives us the opportunity. In this growing darkness, He will make our light shine all the more brightly.

Prayer: Father, give me deep compassion for those around me so that I will seek ways to share the Gospel in a way that speaks hope into their lives. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction” (2 Timothy 4:2).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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