Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
Are you a faithful and wise servant?
There are those who are great orators. They give you goose bumps with the fire and passion of their delivery. As they thunder out their sermons, you can get swept up. But how much value is it to you if you can’t remember what the speaker said and your life has not changed.
Why is this important in warfare? Because you have to hear the word and change in response to what you heard.
Luke 8:8 Yet some of the seeds fell into good, fertile soil, and they grew and flourished until they produced more than a hundredfold harvest, a bumper crop.” Then Jesus added, shouting out to all who would hear, “Listen with your heart and you will understand!” (The Passion Translation)
When the power of God changes you, it affects what you think, how you act, and what you say. The same power will rest on the words you speak to transform those who are listening to you.
1 Corinthians 2:4-5 4 And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom [using clever rhetoric], but [they were delivered] in demonstration of the [Holy] Spirit [operating through me] and of [His] power [stirring the minds of the listeners and persuading them], 5 so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom and rhetoric of men, but on the power of God.(Amplified Bible)
As you continue on your journey with the Lord, you may get the opportunity to share the good news of the gospel of Jesus, or maybe just a word of life building encouragement, with someone. You may speak to a large, medium-sized or small group; or maybe it will be just one person. When that opportunity comes, what will you do? Will you be faithful to give the sincere meat of the word; will you inundate them with platitudes and spiritual slogans; or will you speak to their situation and call them from darkness to light? Sometimes you only get one opportunity to make a difference, don’t blow it.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, I want to be a good steward over the gifts and the talents You have given me. I repent for any time that I mishandled Your gifts or used them for my benefit. I pray You keep me in line, so I only use them for Your kingdom. I want to speak words that bring health and life. It does not matter to me if I speak before a great crowd or if I speak to only one. Filled with desire, I respond to Your call for discipleship by shaping my life according to Your word. It is not my goal to make someone feel good, nor for them to like me. My desire is to lift You up. If I am a good steward over the gifts, You gave me, You will be glorified, and not me. Father, I receive Your gifts humbly and gratefully. I commit to use them, according to Your will and command, to teach, guide, and instruct those you have assigned to me; sharing with them in love as I practice what I teach. I pray You get a return on Your investment in me…