The Word of God is sharp as a two-edge sword (Heb. 4:12)! It has incredible power to affect your life as you embrace what the Lord has said in His Word. The written Word of God is how we have come to know and understand the person and power of Jesus Christ, the difference between old and new covenants, the abundance of grace freely given to His church, and the power of a spirit led life in Christ. It is the Word from which all preaching, teaching, prophecy, encouragement, and correction must eminate. What power the Word of God carries as we embrace it with out born again spirit and let it renew our minds bringing forth the abundance of life in Christ!
Yet, I during my time in ministry I have questioned whether some ministry and business leaders place value in His Word. After 10 years of ministry in Africa I have seen a disturbing pattern among some leaders. There is a belief in Africa going back to the early missionaries and colonial days. That belief is that ministers who come to preach and teach the Word should pay the way for local pastors and evangelists to come and hear the word.
This belief reveals a deeper issue regarding how the Word, whether written or spoken is valued among leaders. To believe that people outside your church, ministry or business must pay for you to receive is believing a lie. A leader who values the Word of God will find anyway possible to be fed, encouraged, and taught from that Word. You can't expect those who follow to place value on that which you do not value.
For Africa to move forward in the power of the Word leaders must embrace the value of the Word. I encourage leaders whether in Africa, America, Asia or elsewhere to inspect your heart to discover how much value you place on the Word of God. The Word of God is sharper than any two edged sword....let it penetrate your soul and spirit and bring forth value in your life.