HE THAT HAS THE WORD; LET HIM SPEAK.
“And after the reading of the law and the prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have ANY WORD OF EXHORTATION FOR THE PEOPLE, SAY ON”- Acts 13:15.
Are we going bankrupt of the word? Can we not have the word and yet speak? Like a sounding cymbal, many are appearing today. There was a tag placed on the preacher from the text above which gave Apostle Paul the privilege to preach his first sermon in the synagogue after he encountered the word.
“If ye HAVE any word of exhortation for the people, say on”
IF YE HAVE– the condition for having the word was the prerequisite to preaching in the synagogue not minding the position of the priest or the overseer of the synagogue. The necessity was on he that has the word. This signals that there can be a time when the priest can go word deficient if he hasn’t gone to the throne of grace to get the word. One can lack the word and yet be reciting many verses of the scripture. The bone of contention on this caption is premised on the instant word for a season. It does not matter how long the priest has been preaching, the question is “does he have the word for today or for a particular service”.
“AND AFTER THE READING OF THE LAW…..”- The priest read the word but doesn’t have the word for the people on the Sabbath day. As a minister or pastor of a congregation, you might not be the one God wants to speak through in a particular gathering. This call for a sharp discernment on who does God wants to use. God can use anybody or anything to speak; He spoke through a donkey to Balaam. You can read the scripture but that might not qualify you for having the word for the people for that day.
“WORD OF EXORTATION FOR THE PEOPLE, SAY ON”- there are some word that God can reveal to us as ministers and pastors of congregations that is not for the people. These words can be for personal consumption, some might not be for the people for that season. Are the sermons we preach for the people? Are we preaching what God wants His people to hear or what we want them to hear? Many calculate the word they preach; after ministering the word somewhere and they discover the result, they store it in there archives and re-fabricate it another time thinking they will to get same result.
May God grant His preachers grace to wait upon Him for fresh word from His throne. Stale word is becoming the order of the day because many think of preserving the word. Like the manna God fed the Israelite with in the wilderness, the word needs to be fresh. If God could feed the Israelite with fresh manna, He expects us to feed His flocks with fresh word and not stale word.
“Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over that which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood”- Acts 20:28.
“So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon, Peter, Simon, Son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He said feed my lambs”- John 21:15.
God has placed a demand on His shepherd to feed His lamb but it is necessary for His shepherd to feed His lamb with the right word.
“I am the bread of life”- John 6:48
Jesus the word of God called himself the bread of life. The word can be compared to bread in the contemporary context. Bread is produced in the bakery from a heat process of an oven. The word of the Lord should come fresh from the oven of His presence. No one prefers stale bread to the fresh one, so the word of the Lord must be gotten fresh to feed His flock.
“SAY ON”- Apostle Paul stood up to speak having the word after so many years of being in tarsus to learn and have the world. He spoke and the people were amazed.
“Then Paul stood up, beckoning with his hand said, men of Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience”- Acts 13:16.
When you have the word for the people, you don’t beg for a congregation or a ministration; men will look for you. After Jesus was commissioned, multitudes followed Him from town to town. John the Baptist was in the wilderness yet the people sought him.
“And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the gentiles besought that THESE WORD might be preached to them the next Sabbath”- Acts 13:42.
Paul never had the intention of coming back to preach in the synagogue the next Sabbath but when they had the word, the people needed to be fed. One thing I have discovered about the word is that when the right word is spoken, the congregation will know it. It will come like a sword and hammer, like fire in their bones; nobody would be able to resist it.
“Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes FOLLOWED Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God”- Acts 13:43.
One can learn to inspire people by one’s eloquence and expertise but no one can learn the words that will break and convict men. These words are not always read from books or someone’s sermon, they come directly from the throne of grace and encounter in His presence.
When you have the word, men will follow you. It is not your advert that you need for men to truly follow you, it is the word you need. Men followed Jesus and John the Baptist because they had the word.
“And the next Sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God”- Acts 13:14.
After, the word was spoken; almost the whole city gathered to hear the word the next Sabbath. The people did not gather to see the preacher but to hear the word of God. For you to improve your congregation, what you need is the word for the congregation you desire.
After Thought: don’t be word deficient, contact the throne of grace today and get the fresh word in His presence.
For the love of revival, spiritual re-awakening and social revolution.
By a sold out for God- OLAWADE DAVID B.
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