Preaching Jesus. This is the calling of the preacher. It is an incredible calling. We aren’t called to preach tips or suggestions, mere commands or philosophy, not even just ideas or concepts. We get to preach a person. When I met my wife-to-be, I was very capable of “preaching” her to any who cared to listen. I didn’t struggle for motivation because I knew her, I liked her and I wanted to talk about her. But over the years I’ve had to do some presentations I wasn’t thrilled about . . . ideas, subjects, topics. These opportunities were very different. The personal connection and consequent motivation is far different when we grasp that Christian preaching is primarily about preaching a person.
Preaching for Jesus. And what a person we get to preach! We get to represent the great object of the desire of all creation, the one who made it all and will bring it all to a close. The one who brings eternal delight to the Father and who will reveal the delightful Father to all for all eternity. This is not a political leader with tenuous temporary influence, or a new fad who will soon pass. This is not preaching some hyped up celebrity, or some high achiever in one area or another . . . this is the wonderful counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting father, the prince of peace. And we get to preach about him, and for him. That means he cares, he takes interest, he wants it to go well.
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This is exciting to think about! Great essay.
can i preach only through writing,or should i stand before people and talk?
Peter – I would say you should prayerfully seek God’s heart on what opportunities He would place before you. Writing can be a wonderful avenue for ministry. So can preaching. The key is to be a good steward of every opportunity!
Wow – the “with” point is especially powerful to me.Definitely need to think of that more. Thanks Pete
Thanks Glen. That’s funny, because I was thinking of your message at Delighted by God when I wrote the post 🙂
I echo that wholeheartedly. Really need to think of it more. I usually think just the opposite – Jesus sits back and says ‘off you go!’ How wrong that is! And how sweet the truth that is so much better.