Does My Preaching Matter?
Does my preaching matter? It’s a question every preacher, pastor, or teacher has asked at one time or another and often more than once. Does what I do matter? Am I making a difference? Have I helped someone find Jesus today?
I have asked these questions myself on several occasions. Do my messages matter?
I’m not paid to preach. I don’t have a congregation or church in the normal sense. But I am most certainly compelled and called by God to share His word and the message that has changed my life from the inside out. In 1 Corinthians 9:16 (NIV), Paul declares, “For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” I feel the same way. When I go a week without sharing God’s word, I feel a deep and abiding absence, as if I have forgotten to eat.
So, although the questions are legitimate, they put all the onus on the messenger rather than the message. I have found that when I’m depending entirely on the messenger (me), I’m missing the point. I am but a megaphone and a conduit for God’s word. Whether it impresses on someone’s heart is entirely up to God. All I can do is what Paul commanded: Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching (2 Timothy 4:2).
PREACH THE WORD OF GOD. BE PREPARED, WHETHER THE TIME IS FAVORABLE OR NOT. PATIENTLY CORRECT, REBUKE,
AND ENCOURAGE YOUR PEOPLE WITH GOOD TEACHING.