It was a small and obscure beginning. With no readers, no advance notice, no advertising and no professional platform we launched in faith that someone would notice. And hopefully read our little blog and recommend it to a friend.
Today ThePreachersWord has been read on every continent in over 190 countries and territories around the world. According to WordPress we now have 3779 followers. Our readers access ThePreachersWord from their email subscriptions, Twitter, LinkedIn, facebook, Google and who knows where else.
Our 1400 posts cover 158 different topics and categories easily indexed for our readers future reference. ThePreachersWord has been reprinted in bulletins, emagazines, and reblogged by other bloggers. Readers have written or personally told me how they’ve used posts for Communion talks, Wednesday night talks, sermon starters, Devotional thoughts and even the basis of a Bible class.
ThePreachersWord began as my personal ministry while living in Tampa. Through moves to Kansas City and now North Texas, it continues that way. We are solely responsible for the topics and content presented.
We are humbled by the impact of this little blog in the big world of blogging. While we’ve never “gone viral,” we feel that we’re making a difference in our little corner of the world. The support of our readers has encouraged us to keep on going for the foreseeable future.
As I reflected on this post, I was reminded of Jesus’ words in Luke 13:18-19. “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden; and it grew and became a large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.”
Although we’re not implying that ThePreachersWord compares to the Kingdom of God, Jesus words remind us that great things can come from small beginnings. A tiny seed. A seed is so small that anything smaller would be difficult to see. Yet it produced a shrub around the Sea of Galilee that grew to the size of a tree about 8 to 10 feet tall. And had room for birds to perch in its branches.
The coming Christ and His Kingdom were first spoken only in obscure prophesies (Gen 3:18;Deut 18:15;2Sam. 7:12-16) Even the prophets themselves did not realize the import of their message. When Jesus was born, the world took little notice. His ministry and message was often without fanfare. How could the religious leaders take seriously a poor carpenter’s son?
However, even as Jesus’ popularity grew and his fame spread, the Roman and Jewish authorities felt they could eradicate this “annoying nuisance.” Surely his crucifixion would put an end to it all. Yet, his death became the occasion for his triumphant resurrection. God’s power was on display for all to see. And through it Jesus was declared to be the Son of God. (Rom. 1:4).
From the first sermon on Pentecost and the conversion of 3000 men (Acts 2), the Kingdom spread from Jerusalem through Judea, Samaria and finally across the Roman Empire. Christianity even made its way into the palace of the Emperor (Phil. 1:12-14). After nearly 2,000 years the Kingdom of God still stands as the gospel has made converts to Christ around the world.
Jesus compared the Word of God to a small seed (Lk. 8:11). When planted in the fertile soil of receptive hearts, it will germinate and grow. Its final affect is known only to God.
As a preacher of the gospel of Christ, I am not overly concerned by the size of the churches where I preach or the number of readers following my blog. I know when the seed is planted it will produce results. God promised that His Word will not return void (Isa. 55:11).
So today we plant a little seed. And, if the Lord wills, another one tomorrow. And the next day. And the next day. And the next…..
–Ken Weliever, ThePreacherman