Does the internet or the world for that matter need another blog? Of course not! Is the world crying out for me to share my thoughts, passions and opinions with it? Probably not. Why then is Heath Taylor beginning a blog?
Well, Abraham Piper convinced me a few weeks ago that every pastor should blog. He listed a few very good reasons that you can read here: http://www.desiringgod.org/Blog/1156_6_reasons_pastors_should_blog/
I started thinking about it and asking God if He was talking to me through Abraham Piper, a man I’ve never met. God began to show me that He frequently speaks to me through men I’ve never met.
Consider Adam. God says to me through Adam, “I did not create you to be alone Heath.” “I have given you a help-meat in Lisa your wife. Love her. Cherish her. Protect her and provide for her. Remember that I love her more than you ever will and one day I will speak to you face to face as I did with Adam in the garden and you will give an account so take this sacred responsibility seriously.” God says this to me through Adam in Genesis 2 and 3.
He speaks to me through King David in Psalm 51. He says, “Your sin is against me and me alone, and I consider it evil!” “Ask me for mercy and I will hide my face from your sins.”
God speaks to me through Micah. He says, “There is none like me Heath!” “I pardon your iniquity and pass over your transgression. I do not retain my anger forever but delight in steadfast love.”
He has spoken to me through Peter and Paul and the New Testament writers. He speaks to me through dead saints who knew Him and honored His name such as Augustine, Calvin, Luther, Jonathan Edwards and George Whitfield.
So God speaks to me through His word and through men who love His word and I think God spoke to me through Abraham Piper. So I will begin a blog. Not because we need another one and not because the world wants to know what I think. I begin this blog because I want to reflect the glory of God in all things. Because I was not created to be alone. Because God may use you to sharpen my thinking about Him and to grow me more in knowledge and love for Him.
Feel free to interact, to complement and contradict. Just speak the truth in love and in all that you and I do, may we seek to bring glory and praise to our incredible Creator. The God that Nahum reminds us is ‘slow to anger, great in power and jealous for our affections’. (Nahum 1:2-3)