Paul tells Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:2-5, “…preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure 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 the evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”
My hope is that between the title of this post and the passage you just read that your interest is piqued. We are in a time where most people want to hear what they want to hear, especially in the church. They do not want to hear the life they choose to live, not matter what they do, is not going to meet the perfect standards that God has for us. They want to hear that God loves them and will accept them no matter what. They don’t want to hear that Jesus is the only way to God, and they especially don’t want to hear that they can’t wait until they feel like it to believe in Jesus.
But in the midst of those who have “itching ears” and are searching for “teachers to suit their own passions,” there are still people looking for leaders who will “always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of the evangelist, [and] fulfill [their] ministry.” Those are the people who need to be given what they want.
This is a short post and all of it is to just make one point: pastors, teachers, and leaders, do not compromise the truth of God’s Word. I’ve been tempted too many times to build a crowd and not a group of devoted followers of Jesus. But I would rather lead a small group of people who are devoted to God’s Word and living according to it, than to have a large group of people who “will not endure sound teaching.” Stay true to God’s Word pastors, teachers, and leaders! Be faithful to all of his Word. Don’t skip the parts you don’t like or understand. Don’t compromise the current relevance of God’s Word in its original context. The meaning is the same and the truth never changes! Stay faithful and true! Fulfill your ministry!
I’m praying for you, and I ask that you pray for me! Let me know what you think of this post.