The Solemn Charge

1 I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: 2 preach the word …(2 Timothy 4).

When all is said and done, Jesus, the Word of God, will have the last word: He, the final “judge,” will lay bare the hearts of men and reveal their true colors. He will do this for the worst sinner as well as for the best saint. He will do this for the reprobate as well as for the preacher. All that matters is, “Did people hear the Word of God, and did preachers preach it?”

Of all the things pastors are called to do, none is more important than to “preach the word”: telling people both what the bible is saying, as well as how what it is saying applies to their lives. Of all the things Paul could have written Timothy two millennia ago, this was the “solemn charge” he gave him—and it is the same charge every pastor has been given since then.

Lord, help those of us who preach, to preach the Word, and help those of us who listen, to find and support preachers who preach the Word to them. Help us This Day to follow Your Word. Amen.