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.