One day while reading my Bible I noticed that in Luke 1:1-4 the disciples were called “Servants of the Word.”
“Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and Servants of the Word, it seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus; so that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been taught.” (NASB)
That phrase struck a responsive chord in my heart. That is what I want to be, a “Servant of the Word.”
Teaching and Preaching
I love to read the Word. I also love to teach the Word, and preach the Word, sometimes from a pulpit, but more often in writing, as you see here. In doing so I am a “Servant of the Word.” I believe it is good that we daily spend time in the Word and use it as the foundation of our Christian life. And it is good to be in a church that holds the proclamation of the Word of God as primary to its purpose and identify. Worship and the Word provide a good balance and a healthy diet for our Life in Christ.
I am also blessed and humbled to be used of God over the past 40 plus years to minister the prophetic “word of the Lord” to individuals, churches, and to the Body of Christ at large. In this way as well I am a “Servant of the Word.”
Servant of “He Who is the Word”
But perhaps most important of all I am a Born Again, Spirit-filled, Blood Bought Child of God. This has brought me into a relationship with God Almighty as revealed to us in the Lord Jesus Christ. Among His many titles Jesus Christ is the Word made flesh.
John 1:14 (NKJV) And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Or as the KJV expresses it, “And the Word was made flesh.” I am blessed to simply be a servant of “He Who is the Word”.
Obedience to the Word
And like Mary, the Mother of our Lord, I want to say,
“Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38 (NASB)
I also want to listen to her when she tells the servants at the wedding feast in Cana,
“Do what He tells you.” John 2:5 (NLT)
The Word of God gives many clear instructions. With a heart of servanthood we come into obedience to those instructions. This is not the way of bondage, nor the way of legalism. This is the way of life, and that most abundant!
God's Fabulous Five Fold
My primary passion in teaching and writing is a revelation I believe the Lord gave me from the Scriptures about God's Fabulous Five Fold, His amazing and very simple plan to lead His church through Five Fold Leadership Teams of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers. Some years ago I wrote a small book on the topic and I have put those chapters plus a couple more here on this site. I invite you to read it. It is, I think, an easy read containing simple Biblical concepts, but concepts that could change the idea and practice of church as we now know it.
And as you can see there are also sections for prophetic words and general articles on matters of interest. If you want to know my history and manner of life, check out the biographical page. It is all there, believe me!
His Word is Like Fire
As much as I am blessed to minister the Word in preaching, teaching, words of exhortation, prophecy, and writing, I confess that there are times when I would much prefer to just be silent. However, try as I might, I find I simply cannot do it. I think that the prophet Jeremiah expressed it best when he wrote,
Then I said,
“I will not make mention of Him,
Nor speak anymore in His name.”
But His word was in my heart like a burning fire
Shut up in my bones;
I was weary of holding it back,
And I could not. Jeremiah 20:9 (NKJV)
So I invite you to take a look around. Who knows, you just may like what you see.
God bless you.
Ken R. Anderson
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