We all know that some moments are more challenging than others. What would be the greatest test of your ministry as a preacher? Would it be to preach with your preaching professor in the pew? Would it be to preach with a famous preacher visiting to hear you? Would it be to preach as a stand-in guest preacher for someone famous (when listeners are expecting him, but get you instead)? Would it be to preach with a loved one present who does not know the Lord?
Perhaps the greatest test of a preacher is not preaching, but not preaching, if you see what I mean? Let me put it this way. Perhaps the greatest test of you as a preacher has very little to do with your observed ministry in the pulpit, but a lot to do with what is unseen. What if your listeners could watch you behind closed doors? What if they saw how you treat your spouse and your children? What if they could see the “real you” when no eyes are looking?
The truth is that we whisper-preach with our words, but we megaphone-preach with our lives. I’m keeping this post short. Today I’ve scheduled a day-off … handling school for the morning to give my wife the day off, and then something all together this afternoon. Now the rubber meets the road! Forget exams and big events and special sermons and ministry . . . perhaps today is the greater test!