Stay Off the Stage!!!
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For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and returns not thither, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: so shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing where to I sent it.
To say that the word of God is powerful is an understatement. It is the power that fuels our lives! It is so powerful that it is impossible for it to return to God unfulfilled. It returns to Him only after it has accomplished something! For example, it doesn’t just rain for the sake of raining and then the water just returns to wherever it came from. No. It rains to water the earth and “makes it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater.” I like the fact the rain MAKES the earth bring forth and bud. If it rains, the earth has no other choice but to bring forth. Are you shouting with me yet?
When God’s word goes forth, it MUST accomplish something! It must MAKE something or someone bring forth and bud! As pastors, we lose sight of the depth of this reality as we preach the word of God from week to week, but what about knowing and experiencing this in our own daily lives. Let’s be honest, we can become so familiar with the Word to the extent that the times when we actually read the Bible is through a screenshot of the verse of the day found on our bible app. It’s almost automatic for us to read the Bible and mentally craft a sermon. It’s difficult to read the bible without thinking about when and where we can preach what we’ve read. This keeps us from actually allowing God’s word to accomplish something in us. And so, the word really extends no further than the pulpit in most of our lives, and subconsciously is really intended more for those who sit under our preaching than it is for us.
It is important, as pastors, for our own sanctification, to allow the word of God to prosper in us! Have you been feeling empty? Are you starving for something more? Has it rained in your life lately? Has your heart been watered? Dedicate some time everyday to God for the purpose of letting God send out His word in your life! That means, time where you are not thinking about Wednesday night prayer meeting or Sabbath service. Time where it is just you and The Word—Jesus. I can assure you it—HE—will accomplish what He plans for it to accomplish! You will bring forth! You won’t just bring forth a powerful word for God’s people, but also a life that reflects what you preach. There is and has to be “seed” for the sower and “bread” for the eater!