- Romans 3:3-4 (NKJV) For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? 4 Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar.
Yet to this day people still make judgments about my preaching. Opinions vary from great to greatly needs improvement. Some wish I’ve preach louder, some softer. I’ve been accused of being to “Pentecostal” and not being Pentecostal enough; of being too deep or not deep enough, etc., etc.—the opinions are endless.
Get used to it; that is the lot of God-called preachers and teachers.
So what are you to do?
The answer is: Trust the process.
The process? Keep faithfully and continually preaching and teaching the Bible to the best of your ability.
Hopefully your ability will improve with the passing years, but you will never meet everyone’s expectations—don’t try to. Stay focused on pleasing the One who called you and gave you your assignment. In the end, the results are in His hands and that must always be enough.
Speaking from experience I can say that trusting the process is enough. One of the benefits of faithfully preaching from the same pulpit for many years is the joy of looking into the faces of people who have truly been changed by the word of God.
You’ll never get used to being second guessed, but remember—it’s not about you; it’s about being faithful to fulfill your calling. If you do that, God has promised His word will not return back to Him without having its intended effect (Isaiah 55:11). In the end, those results will be worth it all.
So tomorrow, get up and proclaim the old, old story one more time trusting—not in yourself, nor even in the word you preach from—but rather trusting in the One who gave you that word: It will be His commitment to His word (not your preaching/teaching ability) that will make the difference.
And that my fellow preachers and teachers is how you make it yet one more Sunday when you know your preaching/teaching is going to disappoint someone.
- Is He Preaching that Again? (phillipbrande.wordpress.com)