I just got through delivering my first message at a Summer Camp I'm speaking at this week, and though I feel good about how it went, I want to take a moment to share how helpless I feel, often times, when preaching.
I feel helpless in my ability to connect the truths of the ancient Scriptures to a generation that is bombarded with so many other "truths" and "paths." I feel helpless in my ability to cause an individual to make their relationship with God their number one priority. I feel helpless in my ability to help an individual see how unfulfilling the things of this world really are. I feel helpless in my ability to show an individual how fulfilling a relationship with Jesus Christ can really be. I feel helpless in my ability to transform a life by the preaching of the Word of God.
I feel helpless.
But after some thought, I realize I should feel helpless!
Only God can change a life.
Only God can draw a person towards Him.
Only God can reveal to an individual how desperately they need Him.
So tonight I remind myself:
Though preaching may bring to light how insufficient I am, preaching also brings to light how sufficient God is. Though preaching may make me aware of how incapable I am, preaching also makes me aware of how capable God is. Though preaching may make me feel helpless in my ability, preaching also makes me feel hopeful in God's ability.
So for the sake of me being able to see God do what only God can do, I'm gonna' continue preaching!