The sensation was that of flood waters building up behind a dam. I was about to burst with what I saw. But I knew that it was both impractical and impossible to cover it all. So I started writing. I did not want to lose what I had seen. That writing ended up in the workbook that accompanies Your Walk, their walk.
The point of sharing this experience is that as leaders of our families, our churches, or whatever charge the Lord has given you, we are to lead them from the Word. In the case of my work in prep for the 1 John class, what I did in class spilled over from the flood that was behind the dam. There was so much more. My observation is that is not the case in many of the classes I have attended and many of the messages I have heard.
Rather than the individual’s time in the Word spilling over into the lives of those for whom he has been given charge, it seems that the preparation has been focused on the presentation. Rather than reveling in the presence of God in His Word, work is done to support the points the teacher or speaker wants to share.
Instead of spilling over from their time in the Word, they backfill their message or lesson. By that I mean that they find verses that they suspect supports the points they want to make.
That seems bassackwards to me. If I am reading the charge that God has given those who are charged with teaching and speaking to His people, He expects them to come spend time with Him in His Word. He expects that Word to overwhelm them. To fill them with such a magnificent vision of His glory that it cannot be shared or contained. That must spill over into the lives of those with whom they speak. Check out Jeremiah 23 and Ezekiel 34, see if I got it right.
It seems that is what should be our experience. Is that yours?