This is the last of our five radars we should be prayerfully collecting as preachers. They are early warning systems that will make us better preachers. There are probably many more, but hopefully these five will prompt us to pray and help us to grow. So far we’ve thought about an OT radar, a hissing radar, a resistance radar, and an obfuscation radar. How about one more where we are likely to have blind spots?
Radar 5. Rationalizing Radar (in your personal application)
Before we preach to others, we must first be on the receiving end of God’s transformative work ourselves. Starting a sermon on Saturday night does not allow time for personal application, hence we should start sooner. However, we can be preparing a sermon for weeks and still fail to hear the message ourselves. Why? Not because of a lack of time, but because of our fleshly capacity to rationalize our own lack of application. What we might see clearly in others, we often see in a rose-tinted mirror in regards to ourselves. The solution to this is not to try harder, but to engage more with God in the conversation. What I am calling a rationalizing radar is really a sensitivity to the Holy Spirit as He searches and tries our hearts, gently convicting us so that we can first hear, before we also speak.
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This series, again, was one which has caused me to pray more fervently for my own pastors. And, certainly, all of the things you’ve mentioned apply to those who are the listeners, too! The thing that struck me as I was reading this this morning was that one of the most vital means of keeping our radars well-tuned is to be consistently immersed in the Bible so that we hear the voice of the Father, speaking through Christ—His living Word—by the Spirit. Thanks, Peter. This has been an encouraging series.