I am not referring to your lifestyle and personal holiness, although that is vitally important. I am referring to your preaching. Rather than multiply words, I am going to lay this out as simply as possible:
The world, the flesh and the devil are constantly pointing us to ourselves. After all, we can be “like God” and we just need to take some initiative. We are constantly bombarded with reinforcements of our self-reliant tendencies and self-concerned focus.
The Holy Spirit is pointing us to the love of God revealed in the person of Jesus Christ. As we look to Jesus we can find salvation, and we can discover the transformative power of the glory of his grace.
Your preaching cannot change anyone in itself. But it can either go against the Spirit, or be in line with the Spirit’s work. Are we pointing to Christ, or are we pointing people back to themselves?
Simple question. Profound significance.