I have attached a photo in this post. If you look closely you will see things on the pulpit (above the balloons). Those “things” are what makes this a beautiful picture.
I had the opportunity to go to Iglesia Bautista Berea (Berea Baptist Church) last night. It was their 6th anniversary. They had a beautiful service of celebrating what God had done in the past six years and challenging the church for the years ahead. Pastor Hernan is a great man of God who is working hard in the church. I am encouraged when I go to visit there.
Back to the picture. As the guest preacher stood to preach, people in the church started walking up with their cell phones and placing them on the pulpit (the cell phones are the “things” you see in the picture). There were at least eight phones (you cannot see them all). At first I thought this was strange. Why were these people walking up to the pulpit? But I figured it out and was pleased at the reason. These people were recording the preacher’s message on their cell phones. They not only wanted to hear the message but to have the opportunity to hear it again! They were excited to hear God’s Word preached! The beauty is not in the cell phones laying all over the pulpit but the hearts and passions of God’s people that the photo displays.
We can be excited and passionate about God’s Word! We can look forward to the preaching of the Bible! We can believe that God has something for us in each and every message and lesson we hear! We can have the desire to do more than just listen but to make notes of the message (paper, audio, or video) so that we can revisit what God spoke to us about in each message. This kind of hunger is something every Christian can have! Do you have this hunger? You can have this hunger!