Job 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
Recently, I spoke in a service in NC. After the message a woman came up to me and said, “I loved the delivery of the message today; but you should know, I loved the Word more.”
In 39 years of my Christian experience and 23 years of preaching, I have never heard this said. However, I walked away feeling wonderful inside that she loved the Word of God more than what I had to say. Often, I have thought, “I do not want people to walk away and say, ‘What a message; but rather, what a Master.’”
If someone is kind enough to express positive feelings about the message I just preached, I am grateful. However, it takes discipline not to accept the praises as my own. Yesterday’s words helped me more than anything. She loved God’s Words more than anything I said.
That is what I desire. May someone love God’s Word more because of my service to Him this week!