Thursday, March 8, 2018

Preach the Word

Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. (2 Timothy 4:2)

The word we preach is the power to convey the Man, Jesus Christ, to the desperately needy world all around us. The work is difficult and arduous, and the preacher should count the cost before he preaches. This ministry requires consistent effort and care, and there is much stubbornness and sin to overcome. Yet, there is great power in the Word we preach -- not our preaching, but the Word.  If we mix God's word with human wisdom, we will fall far short of our calling, and more people will be hindered than helped. When the focus is kept on the Word, our preaching will populate heaven and empty hell!

We must focus on the Word of God when we preach; it is the only thing of value we have to offer. Even the best preaching will fail to accomplish anything spiritual unless it is settled firmly on the Scriptures. After hearing me preach, is the listener left with an impression of me or God? That is always the question. Men and women should walk away after hearing us with the clear sense of having heard from heaven. May the Lord be revealed and glorified in my preaching! Amen.

Let’s Pray – Lord, may the life I live and the Gospel I preach bring the reality of the Atonement to light everywhere I go. Speak through your servant today and may Your Word light the path of everyone who hears. Amen.