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
Give Us Skilled Preachers
Imagine a skilled blacksmith working in his shop. He meticulously prepares the metal, heats it in the fire, and hammers it into shape. He takes great care and attention to detail, ensuring the final product is strong, durable, and fit for its purpose.
Preachers of the Word of God act similarly to that blacksmith. They are entrusted with the task of using the gospel to transform hearts. They need to prepare themselves, just as the blacksmith prepares the metal. This involves immersing themselves in God’s Word, spending time in prayer, and asking the Holy Spirit to guide their work.
The blacksmith’s work is not confined to a single season. He is ready to work, whether it’s a scorching summer day or a bitterly cold winter night. Similarly, preachers of the Word must be prepared to preach the Word in season and out of season. There will be times when the message is well-received, and other times when it may be met with resistance or indifference. But just as the blacksmith doesn’t stop working because of unfavorable conditions, they must remain faithful and continue proclaiming God’s truth.
The blacksmith not only shapes the metal but also corrects and refines it. He may need to remove impurities, apply pressure, or make adjustments to ensure the final product is perfect. Preachers are called to correct and rebuke when necessary. This requires love and patience. But it is important to have someone in your life who is not afraid of these hard conversations. Someone who loves you enough that they are willing to be disliked if it means correction according to God’s Word.
Just as important as rebuking and correcting is encouragement, similar to how a blacksmith polishes and brings out the beauty of the finished piece.
The blacksmith’s work demands patience and careful instruction. He doesn’t rush the process but takes his time to ensure every strike is precise. Similarly, patience is important in spiritual instruction. Spiritual growth takes time, and preachers must be patient, guiding people with care and offering them the nourishment of God’s Word.
Dear Jesus, provide preachers who love you and love your people, who faithfully share the good news of sins forgiven in you. Amen.
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