2 Timothy 4:3 – The time will come when people will not listen to sound doctrine, but follow their own desires and will collect for themselves more and more teachers who will tell them what they are itching to hear. (GNB)
One Sunday during his sermon, our pastor took water in a glass, dry whisky (popularly known in some parts of our country as afawfaw) in another glass, and an earthworm. In the glass of water, he put the earthworm, and it swam freely. In the glass of afawfaw, he put the same earthworm, and it died instantly. The pastor concluded, "This is what afawfaw will do to our system if we don't stop consuming too much of it."
After the church service, one of the Christians, who is an alcoholic and frequents an afawfaw drinking spot, told others that the pastor in church had demonstrated how afawfaw is an effective medicine for stomach worms.
Every day, people read the Bible, but most of us interpret it to suit our desires. We listen to sermons, but we tell others what pleases us. How do we interpret or preach the Word of God to other people? Let's pray for a revival that starts with me and you, and then reaches out to a lost and hungry world to bring them in.
Matthew 13:14-15 – So the prophecy of Isaiah applies to them: "This people will listen and listen, but not understand; they will look and look, but not see, because their minds are dull, and they have stopped up their ears and have closed their eyes." (GNB)
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, send the Holy Spirit to open our minds, interpret Your Word to us, and enable us to preach to others exactly Your Word and not our own desires. Amen.