Something has been happening in my life over the last few months. My love for preaching is increasing. Exponentially. Not sure why, how, or what to attribute it to other than the Lord doing a work in me. 2 or 3 years ago I would have defined my feelings toward preaching as average. It came with the territory. God has called me to be a messenger, so I had to prepare and deliver a message.
Now...Today...I love to preach. I'm either growing into it or it is growing on me. Now, don't hear what I am not saying...I am not saying I am better....I am saying I like it better.
So, I have been giving this some thought, because I want to channel this passion for Kingdom growth and not ego growth! I don't need that. I need to reach and impact people for God.
Some possible random reasons for this increasing passion to preach that God has been showing me:
- I am planned out further than I used to be! Many, many times, I have chosen my sermon on Tuesday and preached it Sunday. Not anymore. That has changed in the last 3-4 months. I now know where we are headed for the next 13 Sundays. I know what messages I will be preaching. As a result, the Holy Spirit is massaging truth into those messages that are under development in my heart weeks before I preach them.
- Blogging has exponentially increased my love for writing and my passion to communicate truth. My passion to communicate in writing has impacted my desire to communicate verbally. Lots of connection here for me.
- Increased anointing and increased character. That has been the name of this season!! Bishop Glenn spoke it to me prophetically, I see it and I receive it. God is doing new things in my heart these days. (Read: I am trying to grow up and surrender more of my mess to him.)
- One thing is for sure and two's for certain....I will never be good at all of what it means to be a Pastor. In some areas, I just stink. But, I believe that where God guides, he provides! And where God calls, he equips. I know he has called me and I see him giving me what I need with each passing month....by HIS grace and for HIS glory!
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." Ephesians 3:20-21