Further, the metaphors for God’s messengers in the New Testament illustrate the preacher’s responsibility to the Word. God calls the messenger a “sower” (ho speiron), who sows the seed of the Word; a “steward” (oikonomos), who is entrusted with the mysteries of God; a “herald” (keryx), who proclaims the news of God; an “ambassador” (presbus), who represents God; a “shepherd” (poimen), who feeds and protects the flock of God; and a “workman” (ergates), who rightly divides the truth of God. Concerning these images, John Stott stated, “It is impressive that in all these New Testament metaphors the preacher is a servant under someone else’s authority, and the communicator of someone else’s word.” Young preacher, do not forget or forsake your responsibility. Keep sowing, stewarding, heralding, representing, feeding, and rightly dividing God’s Word. If God has called you to preach, then you have your instructions, “preach the Word” (2 Tim 4:2, ESV).
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