You may read the title and think I’ve lost my mind, potentially going mystical or new age. Let me clarify – I’m not! There’s something amazing and supernatural about preaching. I have done it for over 25 years (preaching my first sermon when I was either 13 or 14), and I have watched God do something “magical” over and over. Only God could take a shy, backward only child from Portsmouth, Virginia, give Him a divine message from Scripture, and produce divine results.
Today was no exception. Every time I’m invited to preach somewhere, I ask God to reveal to me the message He would have me deliver. It’s not that there is a shortage of material, because we have 66 books of the Bible full of material. The challenge is discerning what is the message for that hour. God led me to a particular message, and I really questioned if I should preach this as I felt that maybe the people were beyond that place in life to need that message. (It’s crazy how we make assumptions!) Before I left, I knew who needed that message.
In this stage of ministry, it’s funny that I still fear being transparent in my preaching. Many preachers won’t share personal examples, especially about the ugly parts of their life. One of my ugly parts is that I’ve been divorced. Most pastors I know would try to hide it or avoid it. Some people told me that God wouldn’t use me post-divorce. I’m glad to tell you He still uses me. Not everyone appreciates my honesty, but some do. And that’s perfectly okay! I will continue to walk through the open doors He gives, be obedient and transparent, and watch Him do what He does best. The hour is crucial, and people need the message of Christ more than ever. God is still doing the supernatural through ordinary people like you and me. Find what it is He has given you to do and do it will all your heart. He’s got the rest taken care of.