Come Before Winter

“Make every effort to come before winter.”
That was one of the last things Paul said to Timothy as he closed out his second letter to him. But why did Paul tell him that? Why “..come before winter?”
Once winter set in, it would be difficult if it impossible for Timothy to get to Paul. So, Paul is urging him to “come before winter.” Paul is telling Timothy that he doesn’t need to wait around… he doesn’t need to tarry… he needs to come now. He needed to have a sense of urgency.
There are some things we need to have a sense of urgency about as well.
We need a sense of urgency about salvation. The Bible teaches that every person who does not believe in Christ will spend eternity in hell. Have you accepted Christ as your Savior? If not, I encourage you too. We are not promised tomorrow. We need to have a sense of urgency about salvation and we need to have a sense of urgency about sharing the gospel. If you know someone who is not a Christian, we need to tell them about Jesus.
We need to have a sense of urgency about living for Christ. One of the greatest needs of our day is for Christians to live Godly lives. I don’t mean judgmental lives but Godly lives. We should guard our tongue. We should be careful what we watch. In short, we live for Christ so that others can see Jesus in us.
We need to have a sense of urgency about restoring broken relationships. Maybe there is a relationship in your life that once was good.. but you and an individual had a disagreement and you haven’t spoken in a long time. You need to talk with that person and resolve that issue.
I’ve listed three things we need a sense of urgency about. There are probably others. Today, are you a Christian? Have you received Christ as your Savior? Are you living for Christ? Is their a relationship in your life that needs repair. These are all things we need to have a sense of urgency about. As Paul told Timothy, the Lord tells us.. “come before winter..” Take action now. Don’t procrastinate.

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