GOD’S HERARLDS

Written by: Pastor Marcio Sierra Jr.

During a conversation that I was having with my daughter some time back, she asked me a question that made me laugh. With a sad looking face and a disappointed tone of voice, my daughter, who was 8 years old at the time, asked, “Dad, are you a preacher?” Without hesitation and with pride in my voice I responded with a resounding “Yes, I’m a preacher!” I couldn’t help but laugh at the look on her face when she heard my answer. Her head tilted to the side, her eyes got smaller, and her lips pursed. I could tell that she was disappointed at my answer, so I asked her if she knew what a preacher was. Fortunately for me, she said “no.” A kid at school had told her that her dad was a “preacher.” I don’t know exactly how that conversation went at school but it was obvious that she didn’t like the sound of the word “preacher.” I gave my daughter a hug and reassured her that there was nothing wrong with being a preacher; “I will be a preacher until the day I die,” I said to her. My words didn’t bring any visible comfort to my little girl, as a matter of fact, things got even more disappointing when I told her that her Mami was also a preacher. She looked at me with a face that said, “not my Mami!” I explained to her that anyone who speaks the Word of God to others is a preacher. “Have you ever told any of your friends about Jesus or what the Bible says?” I asked. “Yes,” she said. “Well, guess what” I said, “you are a preacher also and I am very happy that you are and so is God.” Thankfully, her disappointment left her sweet little face and I am proud to say that, like her father, she decided that she was going to be a preacher until she dies.

The truth is that if you are a Christian, you are called to be a preacher. The Bible tells us in 2 Timothy 4:2, “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long suffering and teaching.” Even though those words were spoken directly to Timothy, they are also for you today. God is saying to you, “preach the Word!” The word “preach” in the Bible means to announce or to make a proclamation; It refers to being a herald. The dictionary defines a herald as “an official messenger bringing news.” God has commissioned us to be heralds of Good News. “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel (Good News) to every creature.” (Mark 16:15) That is not a suggestion but a commandment, something that is required of all Christians.

Right after Paul told Timothy to “preach the word,” he told him to “be ready in season and out of season.” We need to be ready to preach His Word at all times. Every day, God will present us with an opportunity to be His heralds. You don’t have to be standing behind a pulpit holding a microphone to be a preacher. As you speak God’s Word to others, as you encourage them and tell them what God says, you are being a preacher and God is pleased in that. The question is, are you ready? As a pastor, I usually preach from behind a pulpit at least once a week. I spend some time throughout the week preparing myself to preach a specific message. By the time I get to the pulpit, I know what I am preaching about and to whom. But that is not the only time I get to preach. Every day, I am intentional about being a herald for God. Most of the time that I preach God’s Word, it happens suddenly without me knowing that it will happen. Fortunately for me, I’m usually “ready in season and out of season” to preach His Word. How do I get ready? By spending time reading and studying His Word daily.

If you want to be ready to preach God’s Word at any moment, I encourage you to make Bible reading and studying a priority in your life. One thing that you need to keep in mind is that we don’t read the Bible in order to get a message to preach. We read the Bible to feed our own souls. The Bible itself is a “preacher” to the preacher. As you allow the Word to speak to your life and transform your heart and renew your mind, it will also make you ready to preach when the opportunity presents itself.

Next time that you read the Word, I encourage you to ask yourself three questions: 1. What is Word saying. In other words, what is the context of the message, what is the meaning of the verse, the chapter, the book, etc. Here you are just getting a general idea of what the message is. 2. What is the Word saying to me? How does that message apply to your life? And 3. What is the Word saying to others? How does this message speak to your family, your coworkers, your neighbors, and those who are around you. As you can see, you start with the general message, then apply it to your life followed by the message that can be given to others. As you read the Bible and ask yourself these three questions, you will see how God will bless your life and use you to be a herald of Good News to others.

Don’t wait and don’t be afraid. When the opportunity arrives, let the Holy Spirit lead you. Open your mouth and preach, and you will be amazed at how the Holy Spirit will take control and “preach” through you. Decide today, like my daughter, that you will also be a preacher until the day that you die.

May God continue to bless you.

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