Monday, April 13, 2015
Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples, that He departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities.—Matthew 11:1
There are times when I have gone into the pulpit with a prepared message and have ended up saying things that I never planned on saying. I believe that is because God will speak through the person who is teaching His Word. Something supernatural takes place when we hear God’s Word being taught in person.
There are times when people have walked up to me after a church service and said, “That thing you said. . . . It was just like it was for me!”
I’ll tell them that maybe it was. That is because I didn’t plan on saying it.
Others have said, “Who has been telling you about me?” They seriously want to know.
“What do you mean?”
“You were talking about the details of a person doing a certain thing, and that is what I have been doing.”
When we open our hearts to the Word of God, He will speak to us in a specific way. That happens when we are gathered together as the church. And the job of a pastor is to preach and teach the Word of God. Paul wrote to the young pastor Timothy, “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:2). Preaching is God’s primary way of reaching lost people.
Yet there are churches today that don’t give place to the Word of God. For them, it is more about music and drama and skits and interpretive dance and clips from movies. But give me something that I can’t find anywhere else. Give me the Word of God. That is what I need to hear. And that is what you need to hear. That is what we should be longing to hear: the Word of God.
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Used by permission from Harvest Ministries with Greg Laurie, PO Box 4000, Riverside, CA 92514.