God’s Word is Alive, Read it Out Loud
I recently had the privilege to attend a recitation of the entire book of John. A man named Chris Coon who is a part of our church memorized the entire thing and performed a dynamic recitation of it complete with a cloak, a staff, sword, spear, loudness, quietness…it was quite something.
It got me thinking about the life-giving nature of the Word of God (the Bible) and that many Dads and Pastors like myself ought to simply read it out loud more often to those entrusted to us. Because it is God’s word (and not ours) we can boldly proclaim it.
I would encourage you to read it with dynamic enthusiasm and strength whenever you have the opportunity for this reason:
For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
And again, elsewhere:
Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Pastors, do you trust the Word of God to accomplish its purpose? Do you make time in your order of service or in your sermon for the Bible to be read aloud? Do you make opportunities for it to be heard? I plead with you to read it out, it is more capable than we can imagine!
Dads, do you see that it is life-giving? Your children and your wife will love you for it. Maybe not at first, but because it is the Word of God and not your own words nor a mere comic book or novel, it is alive and will do something in the life of the hearers.
Faith come from hearing the Word of God.
There have been many books written, but only one of them is alive.
My conviction is that both in the pulpit and in the home, the Word should be read aloud. Lets do that more. Who’s with me?