Nehemiah 8:4 tells us that Ezra stood on a high wooden platform built for the occasion (NIV).
Ezra stood on this platform and read the word of God to those there. Those who heard responded “Amen! Amen!” and bowed down and worshipped the Lord (v6).
The word of the Lord is powerful. Ezra’s reading affected all that were there. The word of God changed their lives!
The same word that affected these people is the same word that can affect us and the people of this generation.
In the same way that Ezra stood on the wooden platform and shared the word of God is the same way that we can use available platforms and share the word of God.
You might be called to stand at the pulpit or you might be called to stand and speak in the street. You might be called to write and use those talents to pen a book or use social media to spread the Good News.
In this day and age, there are many platforms to reach the masses.
Let us be a generation that uses these platforms.
Let us be a generation that affects people through these platforms rather than observing and complaining about the rubbish we see on them! Let us be a generation that refuses to let the wordly dominate these platforms – let us move towards creating a big presence for the Good News.
“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me” (John 12:32).
May we lift Jesus higher. May we glorify His name. May we use the platforms we have access to.
Ezra stood on that platform and He spoke. He transformed the lives of many.
What will happen when we used the platforms before us?
What will happen when we lift Jesus higher?
Who will we affect?
Written by @MissVenShaw, this piece was inspired by The UCB Word For Today (Saturday November 1st – Platforms, by Bob & Debby Gass).