Echoes of heaven. When believers listen to a preacher, they don’t want to hear the echoing sound of plagiarized preaching. However, echoes of heaven are a different matter. It’s that sense that the preacher hasn’t just written a message packed with information and illustration, but has been before the throne of God above. That sense that this message is an accurate explanation of the passage, but not a cold academic explanation of the passage. That sense that the preacher knows the Book, and also the Author of the Book. They want to also hear relevant application of the passage, but not a relevance born out of the worldliness of the preacher’s own life, but the incisive relevance of a “prophet” who speaks forth into this world, yet somehow is anchored in that world.
You can’t fake it. I suppose we could try. But faked heavenly echoes will surely clang just like when people drop famous names to try to impress us in conversation. Genuine echoes of the glories of heaven’s throne room, of angel voices singing, of intimacy with God; these genuine echoes will not clang. They will usually be faint, even subtle, but resonating with reality if, in fact, they are real.
For the best of echoes we must genuinely spend time in the presence of a God who invites us to boldly come.