Just outside the window of the house where I was working, God placed a very powerful visual lesson.
In a brief moment God showed me how as leaders he fills us, strengthens us and equips us to minister to others.
Every day, the weather would warm, some of the snow would melt and the water would trickle down those icicles and drip to the ground. But as evening closed in and the temperature dropped, the drops of water moved slower and slower until they would no longer make it to the ground but freeze to the icicle, making it longer and stronger.
Two very clear lessons.
First, as we spend time with God each day, he drip feeds us, bit by bit, strengthening us for the task at hand. If we fail to spend time with Him, listening to the voice of His Spirit, we miss on the blessing that God has for us.
Second, the drops only form on the icicle when the weather is very cold. It is in the times of struggle, when the way is not clear, when it seems...
There are three powerful lessons in the snow about effective preaching/teaching. And because of these lessons, you must spend the time! Do the work! IT'S WORTH IT.
Please watch the video to see what the snow teaches us about giving our very best every time we present God's truths. If we are not careful, when we prepare to speak or preach, we can focus on the hard work. And it IS hard work. Anything good takes time and effort. But, if you focus on that, you will never adequately prepare.
Instead focus on the impact:
First there is the impact in the lives of those who hear, and change, and if you do your job as God has called you to, that impact will last for a long time.
Second, those who change will be a witness to all those who surround them and that witness will change more lives.
Third, there will be those who want to follow in your footsteps, delivering truth from God's Word in such a way that it impact lives. As you prepare, remember you are paving the way for other world...