This post is not about texting. At all. But I figured it I wrote a catchy title and put in a picture of texting, you would be just curious enough to give it a look-see. As I continue to think back over the things that I value in ministry–for me, specifically children’s ministry–the text is one of the biggest.
It’s so easy in the world of ministry to forget about the text. Often, without even realizing it, our lives and our ministries become about inspirational stories, memorable quotes and leadership training. We’re all about reading the latest new book, without reading the latest from THE BOOK.
It’s probably a chicken or the egg kind of thing. Did we stop “texting” in our teaching, because we stopped “texting” in our every day life, or did we stop “texting” in our everyday life and as a result began to remove the “text” from our teaching?
Either way, we simply cannot allow ourselves to be cut off from the Word of God, and one of the first things that we often squeeze out is exactly that. We become too busy or too distracted or too tired or too whatever to take time to let the Word of God speak to us. As a result we are cheating ourselves, cheating those we are called to minister to and cheating God.
This morning in my devotional time I was convicted from the text I was reading about an area of my life that I have been cheating lately, and because of that time, and that text, I could come clean before God and we could deal with my laziness and divided heart in this area. But when we fail to spend time in the text, it’s like we put up a barrier between us and God, which can hinder our walk with Him and with then with others.
So lesson learned, truth to teach and encouragement to share is this:
Don’t forget the Text
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
Hebrews 4: 12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.