Just a bit ago, I was watching one of my favorite Christian talk shows (they exist, really!). The man (sorry, didn’t catch his name) was teaching on the power of addiction. He compared addiction to a form of idolatry.
He said that people become addicted when they attempt to substitute some thing for what only God can supply to the fullest. For example, people may crave a sense of calm, fulfillment, comfort and they lean on their addiction to supply a counterfeit version of it. For some it’s food, others choose sex, others opt for tobacco, the list goes on. What do you think about that?
My blog post is not about addiction, but about something my little one said that really “spoke” to me. During the Christian talk show, the man being interviewed said something rather profound and I yelped “Amen! That’s good preaching!“. Well, John-John (my 100 year old in a four year old frame) looked at me rather quizzically and said definitively “He’s not preaching, He doesn’t have a Bible, Mommy”.
Well, the truth of the matter was that the man was quoting scripture, so in essence he was “preaching”. Mercy in my heart [for myself], I opted not to subject myself to the long conversation and litany of “whys” that would ensure should I have tried to explain this lofty concept for someone who has been alive less than five years.
But what got me was the very idea that we are all preaching when we convey spiritual truths from the Word of God. Whether we wear robes and don Bibles is inconsequential. We preach every time we comfort someone with God’s soothing promises. I actually had a wonderful opportunity to do just that in Walgreen’s the other night. As the lady and I parted, she said “God sent you to me tonight”. Priase God, she felt that way, but you know, He sends us all!
Godsy Girl, spend time in your Bible; learn God’s word. Study, research and apply yourself so you can teach and “preach” the wonderful power of living life His way! Girl, you’ll be “preaching” in the stores, malls, offices and gyms around the world! Amen?
For those of you that go to my church, don’t go telling everyone ‘Sister Teri is a preacher now!”. That’s not what I mean. LOL 🙂
From Matthew 5:
“14“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”