The hardest part of my job
DISCLAIMER: This is not an attempt to brag on my preaching skills.
A typical conversation in the lobby on Saturday/Sunday goes like this. “Pastor, that message was exactly what I needed to hear. It’s almost like you’ve been listening in on my conversation/thoughts.” I really don’t have anything to do with the NSA!
My typical response goes like this. “Thank you. I’m glad it’s helpful. Honestly, I start by preaching to myself.” That’s the truth.
The problem with preaching to myself is that there’s an expectation that I’m listening to myself. Some weeks I pay better attention. Like last week. I shared that Jesus’ “rescue operation” (to save us) includes some unique aspects:
- To rescue us from the tyranny of little gods
- To rescue us from twisted ideas of humanity
- To rescue us from the taskmaster of fear
(If you missed last week, check out the podcast.)
I’ve been wrestling with the second one this week. Our culture, actually most of our world, tells us that people have value based on how they perform, or how they look. But Jesus says we have value because we’re created in the image of God. I have to keep reminding myself of this. “That person is created in the image of God, Mark. And THAT person is created in the image of God. And THAT one, too.”
Sometimes the hardest part of preaching is applying my own messages.
What is it that you need to keep being reminded of? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.