God does not set us here first of all to preach or to do work for Him. The first thing for which He sets us here is to create in others a hunger for Himself. That is, after all, what prepares the soil for the preaching.
If you set a delicious cake in front of two men who have just had a heavy meal, what will be their reaction? They will talk about it, admire its appearance, discuss the recipe, argue about the cost — do everything n fact but eat it! But if they are truly hungry it will not be very long before that cake is gone.
And so it is with the things of the Spirit. No true work will ever begin in a life without first of all a sense of need being created. But how can this be done? We cannot inject spiritual appetite by force into others; we cannot compel people to be hungry.
Hunger has to be created, and it can be created in others only by those who carry with them the impressions of God.
I always like to think of the words of that “great woman” of Shunem. Speaking of the Prophet , whom she had observed but whom she did not know well, she said: “”I’m certain,” said the woman to her husband, “that this man who stops by with us all the time is a holy man of God.” (2 Kings 4:9).
It was not what Elisha said or did that conveyed that impression,but what he was. By his merely passing by she could detect something; she could see.
What are people sensing about us? We may leave many kinds of impressions: we may leave the impression that we are clever, that we are gifted, that we are this or that or the other. But NO: the impression left by Elisha was an impression of God Himself.