Be prepared in season, and out of season

03/20/17 | Freedom, God's Timing, Love, Self Improvement, Spirit

Today is the first day of spring, which means we are moving into a new season.  And just like the seasons change, seasons of our lives change as well.

On a daily basis, we experience different personal, professional, and financial seasons that influence who we once were, who we are now, and who we want to be.  And during each of these seasons, our priorities change.  

When you move into a new season of your life, two things happen:

  • You start to feel uncomfortable.  You’re wondering why your life feels stagnant, or why time seems to be moving too quickly.  It starts to seem like you can’t move past the obstacles in your way, and more keep coming.  You’re unsure of how to change your circumstances despite receiving countless advice on what you should be doing and how you should be doing it.

In order to truly create change in your life, you have to understand how to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.  Life isn’t meant to be easy, but you have to pray for strength to endure the life you have, and pray for guidance on how to move forward in this season of change.

  • You have a shift in perspective.  Envision how your life would be if you changed your perspective.  As you become wiser in your walk with Christ, your vision for your life changes.

Change is an inevitable part of life.  You may change your perspective based on your life experiences including sudden illnesses, traveling, jobs, reading, and personal and professional relationships.  During a season of change, you begin to broaden your horizons to see a wider world around you.

Where do you go from here?

In Second Timothy 4:2, Paul tells Timothy, “Preach the word, be prepared in season, and out of season.  Correct, rebuke, and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction.”

This season you’re in right now is preparing you for the next season of your life.  God doesn’t give us more than what He think we can handle, and this moment, this season of change, is a pure test in your faith in Him.  But understand that what you’re going through now it not meant to go on forever.  

Here’s what you can do to keep moving forward during this season of change.

Preach the word: What you’ve been learning in your bible readings is meant to be shared with others.  Mark 16:5 says, “And then he told them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.'”  If you’ve felt God’s presence in your life, if you feel God shifting things, He wants you to bring glory to his name by telling others about Him.  And even if you’re not in the greatest of circumstances, you still have a testimony for someone to hear.

Be prepared in season: Focus on what is going on in your life right now.  In Luke 9:62, Jesus said, “No procrastination. No backward looks. You can’t put God’s kingdom off till tomorrow. Seize the day.”  Don’t worry about the things of yesterday because you cannot repeat nor change the past, but what you do now can affect your tomorrow.  Take advantage of every opportunity God is presenting you with right now.   

Out of season: Yes, things change, and God has full control of the timing of your life. In Acts 1:7, Jesus says “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority…”  We are not meant to predict the future, but we can prepare for it and get our lives in order.  Establish a savings account for if in the future should something happen to you financially, you know God has your back as you had a savings account that can pay for the damages in full.  Get the degree for the job you don’t have now, but God will align the perfect professional position for you.  Use your time of singleness to prepare you for becoming a better partner.

Correct:If you find yourself full of fear or worry, focused on the past, or venting one complaint after another, maybe it’s time for an attitude adjustment. Romans12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”  Reflect on this season and see what you did wrong, or what you’re doing wrong so you can make adjustments that evoke positive change.  

Rebuke: Turn your eyes, heart, and soul toward God.  Make it your daily prayer  to God to deliver you from your sinful ways so that you can live a life that honors Him.

Encourage: One of the best ways to re-energize your own life is to focus on someone else’s.  What you’re going through is a testimony that may help someone else.  Reach out to those people and encourage them get closer to God.  Just by you being there for them, they understand and know that they are not alone in their walk-in Christ.

With great patience: There is a time for everything, and all good things take time.  Just image if you knew what God had in store for you, would you want it right then, or would you trust God’s timing?

Careful Instruction: Anything you want to know about how to life your life is right there in your bible.  Read the bible, pay attention in church, and listen to others who are wise in the Word.  Sometimes when you can’t hear God speaking directly to you, He will speak to you through loved ones, through daily bible reading, and through the Word of God in church.