For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the LORD, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel. Ezra 7:10
For years, I have claimed today's passage as my life verse. Let me share with you why this verse is so meaningful to me.
Devoted. I do not want to live a half-hearted Christian life. Ezra was all in and going all out to do what God had called him to do.
Study. All effective teachers of God's Word have to put in the hard work of understanding the passage. Our study cannot be shoddy.
Observance. A seminary professor was fond of saying, "You cannot impart what you do not possess." As another has said, "You can be in the Word without the Word being in you." The teacher cannot miss the critical step of personal application.
Teaching. Teaching God's Word is a great privilege and responsibility. For the person with the gift of teaching, there is no greater thing than to stand and say, "Open your Bibles and turn to ..." God promises that when His Word goes forth, it never comes back empty. It always accomplishes His purpose.
Father, help us be those who are devoted to Your Word. Thank You for the promise that Your purpose is always accomplished when Your Word goes forth. In Jesus' name. Amen.