I am in a bit of a quandary today. One could say that I am bored with what I do week in and week out. But in all reality that one would be wrong. I think that sometimes the zeal for the pulpit ministry is gone. But then again sometimes that zeal is right there around the next corner.
I have been contemplating a number of different things in my own ministry in the last few months even up to the last year. One of the contemplations that I have had is to start preaching just like I am supposed to love God - with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. This is not to say that I do not already do this, but there are different facets to consider when saying this. There are different studies of thought in regards to preaching from the heart. What is preaching? Is it reading a manuscript that was meant to have your heart and God's Spirit all through it? Is it going up on the platform with a plan and rambling through the plan? There are many questions to answer! And the main thing is that the question remains of how.
Some would argue that preaching from the heart would involve going strictly without notes. Others say that preaching from a manuscript or at least an outline of sorts is necessary, just to keep things on track. But what about rabbit trails? Some of the best nuggets I have received are from rabbit trails! (not those kind of nuggets - the spiritual kind!!!)
What do you do when there are valid arguments from all sides of the equation? For all intents and purposes, the Holy Spirit can lead through all of these situations and from more besides. So what do you do when you feel the way I do?
I guess the main thing to remember is that first of all, the Word of the Lord will not return void (Isaiah 55:11). Second, the Word of God is like a two edged sword that will cut to the chase in any situation (Hebrews 4:12). Third, I have to trust in the Lord with all my heart, and lean not on my own understanding. In all my ways I need to acknowledge Him and then He will make my path straight (Proverbs 3:5-6). These are His promises, I believe that I should follow them wholeheartedly.
So with that all said, I guess I will continue doing what I am doing, following the Lord's leading and going where He leads. Some day you may hear me preach. On that day, I may be preaching with notes or without notes, but one thing is for certain: I will be preaching from the Word of God.
Just a thought ... in a Field of Roses