Recently I began to read some books that brought a great conviction to my life.
Not because I was sinful…..
But because I could do better.
Last month I went through again “Christ Centered Preaching” by Bryan Chapell, and it greatly challenged me to preach “redemptive sermons” instead of sermons based on works. Currently I am going through “The Seven Laws of the Learner” by Bruce Wilkinson, and am INCREDIBLY CHALLENGED by the thought that teaching’s goal is to help the students understand instead of cover the material.
The interesting thing is, there’s nothing wrong with my preaching or teaching skills. Honestly these are my strengths in ministry! But I want them to become stronger.
The interesting thing is that speaking being a strength actually became a weakness in my ministry! I emphasized growth in other (weaker) areas and became somewhat complacent, EVEN LAZY in my preaching and teaching!
And accepting good speaking skills instead of great ones was a dishonor to the Lord.
Missions has taught me that even the strongest skills will weaken over time when we stop developing them. In the same way a sword grows dull over time and needs sharpening, skills, our abilities need to be “sharpened” from time to time.
So we NEVER stop growing!!!!
This doesn’t give the idea of explosive growth, but slow consistent growth
- By growing in our knowledge of the subject through books, and podcasts
- By constantly evaluating our effectiveness
- By continually making changes to the process
- And by making effectiveness the goal (doing our VERY BEST)
Satan doesn’t try to make us completely rebellious friends (he’s far too smart for that)……
Instead he tries to make us complacent and lazy by saying we’ve done enough.
He wants us to go to war with a dull sword.
The Lord wants us to continually grow in every area of life through study, personal development, and walking in the Spirit. This way when the day of battle comes, we don’t have a dull sword in our hands.