And my speech and my preaching [was] not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God
1 Cor 2:4-5
I have seen myself talking about a historical God, or even about the "other people" God (that old history of "the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob"). That reminded me of a citizen called Job. Until he had a personal experience with God, he only knew the Almighty by being told of Him. After that experience, he started to know Him by walking together. What is interesting is that Job, among his own family, was the most fearing, thirsty, to the point of offering to God for the sake of each of his sons and daughters. And that didn't take him closer to God.
God knew him, because He showed Job's faithfulness to the devil before He even tested it. Job knew God because he trusted the Lord during his sorrow (I know the my Redeemer lives).
Besides that, Job celebrated much more his new life in God that the previous.
What really constrains me is to know that many of us, many times, for a long time, are like him: We live hearing things about God, doing what people teach us - pray, fast, read the Bible, tell the others about God. To be honest, sometimes neither these things we do! Anyway, we follow the scripts.
But isn't true that we act like the same with all other things? Those who are fans of some artist wear the same clothes; sing, play and dance the same way; know what happens in the daily life of that artist, the 'whys' and more... What intimacy do they have with that star? None, until the meet him/her. Then, the 5 minutes of intimacy appear as magic, and what's left is an autograph - locked with 7 padlocks to serve enthusiastic conversations... Let's keep it real: you can't be intimate to somebody until you LIVE with.
Back to us, christians, servants and friends of God... What value do we give to the seed we plow in the hearts of people that have no intimacy with the Lord?
When we preach (speaking or praising), we're not telling newspaper articles. We're presenting a change of life, or a new one for those who have no life at all; we're plowing a seed that should reach fertile soil... BUT THIS SEED MUST BE FERTILE TOO! The difficulties we meet at those grounds (stones, thorns, crows) are so many already; it will be even worst if the seed we plow is dry and malnourished, or planted without any care!
Our seed, our preaching, our ministering will be good seed and wil generate gorgeous trees, sons and daughters of God with faith to move the mountains, when it comes from a heart that is close to the Father (God), a heart that is attached to the true vine (Jesus), a seed that is thrown by the power and time of the one that convinces men of sin, righteousness and judgement (Holy Spirit).
The Lord calls us by beloved servants, children and friends... The servant OBEYS the Lord; the child LIVES, LEARNS, GROWS UP and SEEMS LIKE the Father, and also DEPENDS ON the Father; the friend WALKS TOGETHER, FOLLOWS UP and SHARE EXPERIENCES with the Friend... Can you do all of these from far away?! Not really... That's why we cry out to God: Draw me close to You, never let me go...
I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth Thee.