In recent moments of quiet reflection I've been wondering, "When one of our pastors steps to the platform to preach, what are we hoping for? What are we really wanting?"
Pastors are to preach and teach the fullness of God's Word ... but is that what we want? Do we hunger for the preaching of a clear text that is sharper than a sword and penetrates to the very division of soul and spirit? Do we hope to experience God's judgment on the thoughts and intentions of our hearts?
Is that what we really want?
Hebrews 4:12-13 - For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.