Word of God
“I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness.” Col. 1:25
I have been preaching through the book of John, and I have found the message rather repetitive and I am often tempted to skip some of the passages to get to the “meat” that I feel more comfortable preaching. After serving in the same small congregation for almost twenty-five years, being repetitive is something I have been trying to avoid, albeit rather unsuccessfully.
Being a creative writer by nature, I have often tried to bring some sort of original idea into my preaching, which is superfluous to say the least. Indeed, “there is no new thing under the sun,” and the only one who has anything original to utter is God himself. Who and what do I consider I am, to have the audacity to venture into the territory of true originality?
“Things may not be all that black and white,” someone said to me. “How can the word of God be that black and white?” he added.
“What choice do we have, then?” I asked. “Chop the word of God to pieces so we can pick and choose what and what not to believe?”
Where do we turn except to the inspired word of God? I question. There are obviously questions and doubts that creep into our minds when we read the Scriptures, yet do we question our lack of intellect and knowledge or lay all the blame on the Lord who authored the book?
We are not omniscient by any stretch of the imagination, but we may occasionally be tempted to consider ourselves to be so. We may even believe that we have earned the right to judge what constitutes the word of God and are free to discredit what the Lord has uttered through various people and events.
My math ability is rather limited and I still haven’t advanced beyond the fourth grade level; therefore, it’s pretty ludicrous for me to try to dispute the truthfulness of any time-proven mathematical equations. The truth remains forever truthful no matter how we perceive it.
“I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness.”
What message do I have but the message of God, and where do I turn to find the message of God but to the Bible? Why do people get tired of reading or listening to God’s voice except for the fact that their hearts have turned cold and stony hard? I guess I will continue to repeat myself as long as my message sticks to the inspired word of the Lord.
Monday, July 9, 2018 7:11:00 AM