Well, I think it’s official – fall is in the air! I love autumn. It is my favorite time of year. I love the beautiful colors, the cool air, pumpkin spice, and hooded sweatshirts 🙂
The Word of God talks a lot about seasons. There are many Bible verses directly related to seasons, fruit, harvests, and appointed times. 2 Timothy 4:2 says, “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage-with great patience and careful instruction.” As I was reading these words of the Apostle Paul, it made me wonder if Paul had an idea that the words he wrote would later become part of the Bible, along with several other books.
As I did a little more research, I was reminded of the verse in Acts 26:16 where Paul was describing his dramatic conversion experience with a light from heaven brighter than the sun to King Agrippa. Paul explained that Jesus instructed him in this way, “I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen of me and what I will show you.” Paul had a long season of his life where he was the villain of Christianity. Then, Jesus got his attention, and even though Paul had been the reason many Christians were killed, Jesus was set on using Paul to preach the Gospel first to the Jews and then the Gentiles. Jesus performed did a 360 on Paul’s life.
Some people may think because of their past God can’t use them. But that is the beauty of the Gospel – when one repents of his/her sins and asks for forgiveness, life is made new. We won’t be much use to God and humanity if our lives aren’t truly changed where we are living for God. Paul went from killing Christians to proclaiming Jesus to all people. We may not have that dramatic of a change, but if you are born again there should be a difference between the life you once lived and the life you now live. Or if you were born again at a young age, your life should look different than those not living for Christ. Your life first tells a story, then you are able to preach with authenticity, whether through speaking or writing.
Some years into my Christian faith now, I have the strong desire to preach God’s Word, but it took some time of learning and growing to get here. I always viewed preaching or teaching as being up in front of people. Paul preached both face to face and through writing. It’s not natural or my preference to get up in front of a group of people to teach, but God still desires for me to preach His Word. A short luncheon yesterday on the Myer’s Briggs assessment showed me that I lean more towards introverted tendencies hence it is more natural for me to write than to speak. I’m not sure if C.S. Lewis did a lot of verbal preaching, but almost everyone has heard of him because of his beautiful writing.
So fellow introverts that have the Word of God burning inside you, those of you that derive your energy from being alone rather than with people – you probably have no desire to get up in front of people to teach a lesson, but have you tried writing? God introduced me to writing through journaling which has morphed into these devotionals. Our guide to life and eternity is in the living, breathing, unchanging Word of God helpful for each season of life. Don’t ever underestimate the power and eternal impact of writing. So I encourage both extroverts and introverts alike to consistently put pen to paper and see what God does.
A perfect song to tie into this message is Word of Life by Jeremy Camp: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrX2tGgADu0
Father God, thank you for Your Word that instructs us, encourages us, and reminds us of your love for us. May Your Word soak into our hearts and minds and come bubbling out of us in ways that please you and are natural to us. Thank you for creating us and making us unique. We love Your Word. In Jesus name we pray.
There’s a teacher inside all of us. Have you discovered the unique way God wants to use you to preach His Word?