In 2nd Timothy 4:2, Paul writes to Timothy, “Preach the Word, be ready in season and out of season.” I am sure many of you know the names Michael Jordan and LeBron James. One of the reasons you know these names are because they are a few of the best to ever play basketball. The reason they were the best was because when the season was over they worked just as hard as they did during the season. It may have been months before the next season started, yet they treated it like the playoffs. Their attitude was to be ready for anything. They took the attitude of being ready no matter what to heart. God wants us to have that same tenacious desire to be ready in the Scriptures. If we are not expecting it, and someone asks us a biblical question, we should be ready and willing to answer it.

When we study hard and we know the word of God, we can be steadfast and immovable (1 Cor. 15:58).  There were those in the NBA that were scared to try to score on certain players. These athletes were so good at their position that they could keep anyone from scoring. Some of them even prided themselves in the fact that no one could score on them. You and I need to have that same type of attitude for the defense of the church. We should know the Word so well that we will never compromise on the Truth. We should keep others from compromising the Truth. It should be the case that when it comes to defending the gospel, the Devil can never get past us. Christ proved that it was possible, in Matthew 4 and Luke 4. There may have been times in your life before where he (the devil) has gotten past your defense and has brought you down. However, we must develop the faithful Christian attitude that says, “You will not get past me again.” You may be saying, “I’m only a young person, I can’t fight against an enemy that strong.”

When Paul wrote to Timothy, he was writing to a young person. One of the things Paul did not want Timothy to miss was that age does not matter. Paul told Timothy to not let anyone “despise your youth” 1 Timothy 4:12. He told him to be an example in “word, conduct, love, spirit, faith, and purity.” Since we know according to 2 Timothy 3:16 that all scripture is inspired, we can take what Paul said in 1 Timothy 4:12 and apply it to our own lives.

You may be thinking. “I can’t teach my friends the gospel, I’m not strong enough yet.” “I don’t have a good defense of the gospel yet.” “At my age, what could I do?” Most people have these excuses running through their minds, yet it is just the Devil trying to keep you from stepping up. When you are struggling with a new school or a new environment, think of Daniel—he was in another country, surrounded by people who did not believe in the God that he did. Yet, Daniel was still victorious. When you are dealing with people who are smarter than you are, think of Jesus, even at the age of 12, He was able to answer and ask questions to men who had been studying the Law their entire lives. That is the only way you can truly be immovable. Your age is truly just a number. The Gospel is the power that gives the impact. 


-Michael Clarke


Somerville Church of Christ