Matthew 13:52 (NLT)
52 Then he added, “Every teacher of religious law who becomes a disciple in the Kingdom of Heaven is like a homeowner who brings from his storeroom new gems of truth as well as old.”
If you’re going to preach or teach you must be a learner first and always.
In Matthew 13 Jesus taught several parables including the sower, the tares and wheat, and the dragnet. His point was there are going to be true disciples and those who only profess to be disciples. In the end, God will separate the righteous from the wicked. The Pharisees believed that only the righteous would be part of the kingdom. Jesus finished the chapter by asking “do you understand these things” (v. 51), then he added v. 52.
A father brings fresh wisdom and insight to his house
Jesus describes a teacher in the kingdom as the head of a household who brings both the old AND the new. Many preachers have their half-dozen or so theological positions or pet-peeves that come out in every sermon. I never judge the word of truth regardless of how many times it is preached…it is still life-changing truth!
A father of a household is expected to have wisdom and lead accordingly. God’s people deserve “fathers” who are close to the heart of God and take the time to mine out fresh gems from the ancient, life-giving truths of God’s word. Old insights are not to be discarded or minimized. They are to be used to enrich and bring a fuller understanding to the new.
The question for preachers
The questions I believe Jesus would ask preachers and teachers include the following:
- What are you learning?
- How much time do you spend allowing the word to study you?
- Are you reading my word to gain new insights for your own life?
- Are you putting sermons together based solely on old insights?
- Do you understand that I can breath new life into you from the ancient scriptures?
My encouragement for all of us who are called to the privilege and incredible responsibility of preaching the word of God is to be life-long learners…staying close to the heart of God…constantly applying truth to our own lives…and allow the Holy Spirit to breath fresh life into every sermon.
Keep REACHING FORWARD for new insights as you bring along the old.