Spirit & Life Devotional
Thursday, April 30
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
Changing The World Through Preaching
II Timothy 4:2 NKJV "Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching."
One of my favourite phrases is in Acts 17:6. When Paul and Silas got to Thessalonica, their presence worried some of the men there; they said, “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too." How I wish that can also be said about me! But how did they achieve that? By preaching! Through preaching the gospel you and I can change lives around us, thereby changing the world.
II Timothy 3:16-17 says that "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." So when we preach we are either teaching a truth, reproving, correcting or instructing people, to the end that men may be complete and empowered: these we must never be afraid to do irrespective of our audience.
The world will remain the way it is and get worse if we all don't get involved in preaching. Jesus said we should “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" because it's only through preaching that the world can be saved and changed. If I preach to as many as I can reach where I am, and you preach to as many as you can where you are, together we will soon preach the gospel to every creature in all the world! Be ready to preach at all times; don't leave your house in the morning without a message! Everywhere is ideal for preaching; preach the truth with love, courage, passion, power, sympathy and conviction. God bless you.