071413: That Will Preach


Whenever a realization, natural occurrence, or unexpected revelation presents itself, there’s a saying among some church folk that says, “That will preach.” What that means is that the new understanding can now be used as a metaphor that will turn people’s attention to some truth about God or spiritual things.

Jesus used this technique all the time. He looked up and saw the wind and thought, that will preach. Then He told people that the Holy Spirit was like the wind. He looked at the lilies and thought, that will preach. Then He explained to His listeners that the same God who made those insignificant flowers beautiful could also take care of them.

The apostle Paul operated this way too when he was spreading the Gospel. For example, in Acts chapter 17, when he arrived in Athens, he noticed that the people “spent their time in nothing else but either to tell or to hear some new thing (verse 21, NKJ). He also observed that they had “an altar with this inscription ‘To The Unknown God’” (verse 23). Paul must have thought, that will preach. He went on to tell them, “Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you,” and Paul preached to them about Jesus and the resurrection.

Pay attention to everything that is happening around you. Look to nature, situations, and other happenings for metaphorical examples of who God is and what He’s done. When realizations hit you, stop and say, “That will preach.” Then tell somebody—preach your sermon—soon afterward. Become a traveling pulpit, because since all that exists emanates from God anyway, there are always opportunities to say, “That will preach!”


©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on July 14, 2013.

One Response to “071413: That Will Preach”

  1. Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills, and everywhere…

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