2 Timothy 4:1–4 (ESV) — 1 I 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; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.
One day, preachers will stand before God. My desire is to stand before God and be able to say that I poured my life into the study of His Word through the leading of the Holy Spirit. I pray that God gives me the strength to be more concerned about what His Word says than what listeners want to hear.