This week’s Pastor to Person is written by Pastor Rich Cathers.
I counted six times in the book of Ezra where we are told that God’s “hand” was on Ezra. Could you imagine having such a relationship with God that you and others are aware that God’s hand is on your life? That was Ezra, and he told us how it happened…
For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel. (Ezra 7:10)
It all starts with the heart. It starts with heart preparation. I think that too often I just rush into things instead of taking the time to get my heart right from the beginning. Maybe that means that every day I start with a prayer, “God help me seek You today.”
Ezra’s heart was ready and prepared to seek God’s Law, to be immersed in God’s Word, to know God’s Word. Jesus said that the Spirit would teach us and remind us of the things He said, but sometimes the Spirit doesn’t have any material to work with because we haven’t been spending time in God’s Word. Read. Memorize. Learn.
Ezra knew that just knowing God’s Word wasn’t enough. Ezra had a commitment to do what God’s Word said. Jesus said that the man whose house survived the storm not only heard His word, but also did it. Are you doing what you know God wants you to do?
Lastly, Ezra’s heart was aimed at helping and influencing others. Jesus said to go into all the world and make disciples. There are going to be people in your life that God would like to work with, and He’d like to do it through you. Are you open to what God wants to do through you?
God’s hand on my life. In a way it’s all about the effect God will have on others through my life, but it starts with my heart and involves God’s Word.