I love reading from the Old Testament of the Bible. Especially the post exilic books such as Ezra and Nehemiah. Ezra was appointed by the Lord to help with the work of resoration in Jerusalem. There is something remarkable we see in the life of Ezra. See what he writes about himself in Ezra 7:10.
“For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach His statutes and rules in Israel.”
We know that Ezra was called to be a preacher in his time, but there are three lessons all Christians can learn from his life.
- Word – Ezra had set his heart to study the word of God. He knew that if he wanted to get into a deeper relationship with God then he must discipline himself to study God’s word. There are so many Christians who often assume upon the name and nature of God, because they hardly read their Bibles. The devotion to God’s word should lead you to worship God. Is your life marked by the worship of the one true God of the Bible?
- Walk – I know a few people, who professed to be Christians, who could quote the Bible verses and make lengthy doctrinal speeches – some of them have become atheists. One cannot simply study the word without having to walk according to it. We understand that a Christian can fall in sin, but he cannot remainhttp://gcsouthall.org.uk/wp-admin/media-upload.php?post_id=1410&type=image&TB_iframe=1 in it. A genuine Christian understands his need for repentance and is appreciative of an ongoing work of sanctification in his/her life.
- Witness – Those who truly study and live out the word, cannot but proclaim it to those who are lost and needy. OK, I understand that not everyone is called to be an evangelist, but everyone is called to make disciples. We are called to be the ambassadors for Christ. In other words, we are called to witness for Christ. Perhaps, you have people in your own family or neighborhood who don’t know the Lord; you can and should reach them with the love of Christ.
I will be very careful in saying this, but the reason why the church has lost its power in the local communities because many Christians have failed to apply these basic yet powerful principles in their lives.
May we seek to live according to God’s word – for His glory!