Friday, January 20, 2023

Orange Moon Thursday, January 20, 2023 "To Forever Tell More"

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…

              "To Forever Tell More"         
    We just finished conducting our seventh service in the last four days, reminding me of a concern I held during the period of time in 1978 when I began to think the Lord might be calling me to preach.

    "How do preachers ever come up with three sermons a week?!"

    We attended a church in those days that held three weekly services.  I marveled at our pastor's clearly God-gifted capacity to prepare and deliver messages in each meeting, wondering how such a thing could be possible.  As the years have passed, however, and after being called to preach, I have realized my concern expressed above does not really address the challenge faced by communicators of God's truth.  Instead, another question arises: "How can we ever begin to tell what should and must be told of "the unsearchable riches of Christ?!" (Ephesians 3:8).  
   "And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen" (John 21:25).

    The challenge has nothing at all to do with the messengers, but everything with the message and the glorious Lord Jesus to which it bears witness.  Every pastor, preacher, and teacher realizes he stands - and kneels - before a mountain of Christ and Scriptural truth whose summit reaches far beyond our capacity to ascend, or even to see.  "His greatness is unsearchable" (Psalm 145:3).  How could one ever prepare and deliver the messages that could be communicated about such an infinite Lord and His light?  Impossible, and rather than wondering how we can find words to say or write, the issue rather becomes finding the time and opportunity to express what could be said or written.  "God… doeth great things past finding out, and wonders without number" (Job 9:2; 10).

   Give the finest mind, the most eloquent voice, and the consummate pen a thousand years - a thousand lifetimes - and the bearer will barely begin to express the glory of God that should be communicated.  He will increasingly know such truth to be true, but rather than frustration, he will be thrilled by the realization of his Subject's eternally wondrous measure.  Yes, the Summit  beckons to all, "Come higher, climb further, and rejoice that the journey will never end."  Nor will the privileged responsibility to tell what we see, and to forever tell more because there will forever be more to tell.

"O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!  Or who hath known the mind of the Lord?  Or who hath been His counselor? Or who hath first given to Him, and it shall be recompensed unto Him again? For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory forever. Amen."(Romans 1:34-36)

Weekly Memory Verse
     Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.
(I John 3:2)







No comments: