An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

That’s Just Great

(Proverbs 18:16 KJV)  A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.

We have “great men” (1419) in our world.  The actual word is “great.”  It is defined in all of the ways that we would understand greatness.  It has a nuance of large numbers.  It can mean profound influence.  It can mean loud or old. 

It seems to be saying that your gifts can put you in a position where you can exert influence.  This starts in the church.  The purpose of spiritual gifts is to edify the saints.  It moves beyond that.  Think about our educational system.  It was established by believers to prepare the clergy for the foolishness of preaching.  Harvard.  Yale.  Princeton.  They were investments to train ministers.  Over time they were hijacked by other disciplines.  Teaching the masses to read began in the Sunday Schools of the industrial revolution.  Hospitals were started by believers. 

So?  What way will you touch your world?  Don’t leave the influence to the celebrities and politicians.  God has an influence for you to exert.