“Come Before Winter”

(There is an old sermon entitled “Come Before Winter” that many Pastors have heard of and some may have even preached. I acknowledge that this post is based on that sermon.)
I love the fall. It’s my favorite season of the year. This year, the colors of fall aren’t quite like they have been in years past but, there is still some fall color. But, although fall is a beautiful season, it is a relatively short season. In just a few weeks, the fall color will be mostly gone and then, we will go into the winter season. So, if you want to see the color of fall, you have to do it soon because in a short time, it will be gone.
Life is like that. There are times when, we need to have a sense of urgency and get things done because in a short time, the opportunity will be gone.
In II Timothy 4:19, the apostle Paul is closing out his letter to Timothy. Paul probably felt his life was about to come to an end so he had a sense of urgency. As he writes to Timothy, one of the last things he said was, “Come before winter.” Why did Paul say that? Well, once winter set in, travel would be difficult and Timothy may not be able to make it to Paul. So, Paul says, “You need to come soon… come before winter, Timothy so that you can get here.”
“Come before winter” suggested a sense of urgency. There are some things we need to have a sense of urgency about as well.
First, we need to have a sense of urgency about telling others about Christ. I love to joke and kid. I tell people at times that I’m serious only about ten percent of the time. But, there is one thing I am very serious about and that is the need for someone to get right with Christ. The Bible states that if a . person dies without knowing Christ, they spend eternity in hell. Therefore, it is imperative that if a person is not a believer, they should give their lives to Christ before it’s too late.
Second, we need a sense of urgency about living for Christ. The world is watching us. Are we for real? Has Christ made a difference in our lives? If so, it should be evident in our walk with Christ.
Third, we need a sense of urgency about restoring broken relationships. If there is someone that you have conflict with, I encourage you to do your part toward resolving it. Now, you may say, “I’ve already tried to talk with them and it do no good.” If so, then shake the dust off your feet and move on. But if you haven’t, you need to resolve your differences.
Paul told Timothy, “Come before winter..” It was a word of urgency. Today, is there something you need to take care of? Do it now… don’t wait .

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