Let’s say you study a passage well. You will be blessed. Perhaps the passage is a paragraph in Ephesians. You study it, you dwell on it, you soak in it. It stirs your heart, moves you into praise and action, marks your life, blesses you. Then you come to prepare your message.
If you are like the majority of preachers, you will somehow base your message on that paragraph, but you’ll spend a significant proportion of your message talking about other passages. A verse in Romans. Another in Colossians. An image from Hebrews. A story from Luke. An episode in Genesis. A favourite Psalm. Your favourite verse in Jeremiah 29. Throw in a Messianic prophecy from Isaiah. A reference or two to the Law, and on it goes. Surely nobody would get that scattered, you think? Some do! I kept track in one sermon that quoted from 25 books of the New Testament alone.
What are you doing if you preach like that? Blessing people with the whole Bible? Or stealing the paragraph in Ephesians from the listeners. This is a unique opportunity for them to be blessed by the passage that was such a blessing to you. Don’t withhold the blessing. Preach the text.