In Season and Out of Season
The question I am asking myself this morning is, “What does it mean, specifically to me as a born again Christian to ‘be in season and out of season?” “Be ready in season and out of season.” (2 Timothy 4:2)
Oswald Chambers has noted in his book, MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST that the season does not refer to time, but to us as individuals. Friends, oh that I would reflect Christ in the springs and summers, and the falls and winters of my life. Is it possible in each season throughout the entire year to be sold out to Christ, to be obedient to His slightest whisper, and live out God’s word? —- What about Galatians 2:20 (KJV)? I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And this life that I now live in the flesh I live by faith of the Son of God who gave His life for me. — Or what about Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)? “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
In the falls and winters of my life (periodically taking place in the springs and summers), I wish that I could always live on the “in season” spiritual plane when I have received a great big blessing, words of encouragement from those whom I serve, being with my husband on a restful vacation, or whatever inspires me to say, “God is good, life is wonderful, I feel like a queen, and I am in the center of God’s will!” — That is my “in season.” But it is not realistic. Is it?
Can I, in the “real world”, live on that spiritual plane when someone has misunderstood my intentions, my husband’s health report is not what I wanted to hear, or anything that is a part of life that emotionally disturbs our inner peace or takes away a sense of wellbeing? Yes! It is in those times — “the out of seasons”— that God can use me to a greater degree in being His witness to the world that God is good, life is wonderful because Jesus is alive and God is still on His throne, I am queen because I am a daughter of the KING, and I know that I am in the center of God’s will (Romans 12:2).
“Heavenly Father, thank You for Your love for me in every season of my life. Thank You for loving me so much that You are conforming me to the image of Christ through each season. I pray that each day of my life, whether it is a day “in season and out of season,” that I will be a reflector of Christ’s Spirit to be a witness for You. Use me each day to advance Christ’s kingdom and bring You glory. In Jesus’ matchless name, I pray. Amen.” Joan Courtney, WPI Founder/CEO