Preach anytime and anywhere for it is a must for a Christian to do that. The preaching I am talking about is that which is confessed by the mount. I know that living a Christ-like life, singing, giving and other works of service is another form of preaching yet I want to focus on the word of mount kind of preaching.
A sermon can start from as little time as 10 seconds to many hours. Some verses of the Bible can be used as a full sermon, just by quoting them. A verse can render a complete unit of thought and give a great conviction to the listener. For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires (Hebrews 4:12). If surely you feel like you cannot preach at all, simply quote the scriptures and it will do the work.
Reasons why you should preach include the following:
- Jesus Christ reveals Himself to each believer in a unique way, depending on how devoted he or she is. That which He reveals in secrete, the believer should bring to light. This is according to Matthew 10:27 where Jesus says, “What I tell you now in the darkness, shout abroad when daybreak comes. What I whisper in your ear, shout from the housetops for all to hear! This is an instruction not a negotiation. If that which Jesus tells you is not important, He wouldn’t bother telling you. Hear Him when in John 14 he says, “If it was not so, I would have told you”. What Jesus tells you and wants you to share is always time sensitive and therefore might lose relevance if delivered later.
- What Jesus did and that which was to be recorded about Him could not be contained in books of the world (John 21:25). I therefore believe that today He gives insight of the things which should be known by revealing it to believers. Therefore, if you hide those things to the world, you are failing the Kingdom. Do you really want to be blamed for keeping a message you should have shared with others, even if it’s just one person, in judgement? Please don’t load a terrible judgment on your life.
- There are things that pastor’s find difficult to say because of their position yet it is easy for a believer to declare. For example, a pastor cannot tell you that he or she might be lying to you when guiding you on something that he or she has not consulted the Lord about. If you as a believer preach, you are giving answers to people that have been deceived by their pastors and spiritual leaders. Yours is to preach and God will target the beneficiary through you.
- There are people who can’t tolerate a pastor yet they do an ordinary believer. There are pastors who have become an annoyance to many by their doing. Sadly, to some people, the reputation of pastors has been dented beyond what some people can tolerate. Examples of what some people claim to have been done by their pastors include rape, robbery, insults, curses, victimization and neglect. Some of these cut deep to the hearts of believers and affected friends and relatives to the point that they no longer want to hear anything from a person who is a pastor. Your preaching therefore can be accepted with a clear heart because you do not have the ‘preacher stain’.
- God will reward you. It is never in vain that which you do for God (1 Corinthians 15:58). The reward will come in many ways but surely it will be there.
Pray to God to overcome the spirit of being shy. He who is shy about Jesus Christ will have Him do the same about him or her in the sight of God (Luke 9:26). Imagine the moment you are excited to meet Jesus, there He is facing you with shyness in His face. This is a promise and therefore He will do it if you are not standing up and face the world in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
There are many ways of preaching today, use any of them. Send text messages, send audio and video clips, post posters on social media, negotiate to preach in small groups, post articles; just use the resources available to you.
You are welcome to read part two of this article in the next post ‘Why your preaching counts – Part 2‘. God bless you.