You preach it, teach it, believe it, study it, memorize it, and you build your beliefs around it. Today you stood in front of people and expounded from and on it. You were textual, even if you were topical you were text driven with that topic. With it, you prove doctrine and justify opinions.
We have been, are, and will be people of the Book.
But all that study, digging, creative sermon structure, scraping for alliteration, in-depth word studies, cultural practices investigation should have more fruit than just a decent presentation. As you study God’s Word with as pure a heart as you can God’s Word is also working on you.
I was thinking tonight about how the text affects my life. I hope you can relate. If we allow it to, preaching will make us better people. That time in the Word should.
The time in God’s Word helps equip us to make it through our own dark days. As I spend time the Word each week it is growing my own faith deep so that I will attempt great things fro God. My time in the Bible helps my attitude when things don’t go my way. The time of exposure to the Spirit of Christ revealed in His Word affects my relationships with everyone I interact with.
Thank you for preaching His Word, and as you go through this week may you remember it is more than an academic text we are preparing sermons and classes from, but that the “Living Word” (Hebrews 4:12) can work on you as you work in it.
I pray it is a great week for you.