- Isaiah 49:1-2 (NKJV) “Listen, O coastlands, to Me, and take heed, you peoples from afar! The Lord has called Me from the womb; from the matrix of My mother He has made mention of My name.
2 And He has made My mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of His hand He has hidden Me, and made Me a polished shaft; in His quiver He has hidden Me.”
Beware lest you begin to substitute “being called into the ministry” for “being called to preach”.
Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) (Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.) is often misapplied—used to promote some man-centered idea about our need to have a vision for our lives. My fellow preachers and teachers, you do not need a vision—God already has a vision for your life and the lives of those you serve. What we need is a “revelation” (the more accurate translation of Proverbs 29:18).
Our nation is perishing today because there are so few preachers and teachers standing bolding in America’s pulpits proclaiming faithfully and accurately “Thus says the Lord…” (the vision that God has for his people).
Notice also verse 2 of today’s Scripture lesson: God’s “called” preachers and teachers remain hidden away most of the time, only to pulled out—like a sword or arrow, by God for a specific time and target.
It is very easy to become so preoccupied with the work of the ministry that we fail to remain hidden for long periods of time with God. It is seldom those hectic busy moments that are always clamoring for our time and attention where we are sharpen and polished by God—that only occurs when we are close to the “flesh-killing” presence of Almighty God.
The Apostles got it right: “We will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” (Acts 6:4)
Blessed are the people who have a God-called preacher to call as their pastor and blessed is the God-called preacher who has a church that values and protects their pastor’s time by allowing him/her to devote themselves primarily to prayer and the ministry of the word.
- Meet the ‘Pulpit Genius’ Who Has Had a Revolutionary Impact on Christian Preaching (theblaze.com)
- Thoughts Concerning the Preacher (fromthepreacherspc.org)