Rev. 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches.
As every one knows by now, Parris and I are celebrating this entire year our fortieth anniversary. Yep, forty years of marriage, forty years since our conversion, and forty years since we were called into the ministry. The calling of God to preach the gospel is rare and precious. I am humbled to think that The Lord chose me to preach His word, obviously it was not my “people skills” that caused Him to select me for His work, I think He delights in choosing people who may not have the great skills necessary for His work. He chooses the base things of this world to humble the talented, it is just another way for God to be glorified. In today’s Christian culture there is not much talk about the calling of God into the preaching ministry. Actually, preaching is not that popular. Ministers “share” rather than preach, preaching is just so out dated. The funny thing about this whole topic is this, The Lord has chosen the preaching of the gospel as His tool to reach the lost world. It’s not slick presentations or ministers acting as “coaches” that will change our world. It is the preaching of the cross that The Lord uses to touch our world. To the wise of this world, the preaching of the cross is foolishness. To the powerful, preaching is for the weak. To the Lord, preaching is the wisdom of God and the power of God.
So I continue my celebration, I am celebrating God’s calling on my life to glorify Him through preaching Christ to this godless generation. Thomas Watson, a puritan pastor from the 1600’s spoke about the importance of God’s ministers.
“Ministers are called stars. Therefore they must shine by word and doctrine in the firmament of the church. Thus our Lord Christ has set them a pattern in the text: ‘When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain.’ Here was a light set upon a hill, the bright morning star shining to all who were round about. Christ calls his ministers ‘the light of the world’ (Matthew 5:14). Therefore they must be always giving forth their luster. Their light must not go out until their last breath—or until violent death as an extinguisher puts it out.”
I believe we are about to see the church come full circle. What do I mean by that? Simply this, the church will return to its moorings, a fresh love and appreciation for the ministry of preaching will be restored to His church. A new love and respect for the calling of God to preach the gospel will return to His church. How will they know without a preacher? How will they hear unless someone is sent? Lord, raise up another generation of men and women called to preach the gospel, unashamed of the message of the cross and unafraid of the mighty power of the Holy Spirit.