Matthew 16:26, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life”.
The verse says that it is possible to save others for the Lord by preaching a way of life that may not be followed by the preacher.
Is it possible to gain the whole world by proclaiming the mighty word of God without being touched by its life changing power?
Yes. God can use anyone to spread his word. He chooses people from different cast, creed and nations to work for his kingdom. Is there anything that the preacher can boast about? Nothing! Someone who has been chosen by God to spread the word is a medium not the source. It’s the work of the Lord to turn the seed into a tree. The preacher can only sow the seed of the word of God.
A preacher has no special privileges, nor is he any better than the listener. In fact, the one who is preaching the word of God becomes accountable and in danger of judgement if he never follows what he preaches. “The word of God is sharper than any double edged sword. It penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and desires of heart.” (Heb. 4:12). A preacher with a humble heart and a little knowledge will gain more lives for the kingdom of God than the one who knows every single verse of the scripture but has no desire to follow the word of God.
Why does God choose someone to preach the word that has no desire to be touched by the word of God?
God does it to prove that no one is above the authority of his word. The listener and the speaker both come under the same power and both are equally accountable to what they have heard. The Lord in his love provides opportunities to the preacher to be touched by the word while preaching it to others, so that he may save his own life while in pursuit of saving others.
Next time you rush to preach the word, listen what it says to you! Meditate on it. You may be the one who is in need of this word of encouragement.
Come into the presence of the Lord with the brokenness of heart and readiness to learn rather than with heaps of knowledge. Learn in humility and then go!