I don’t know why, but it always seems like the toughest battles come right before and/or shortly after I have to minister. I am not new to ministry, but it never ceases to amaze me how hectic things get when it comes to preparing for a sermon.
I know a lot of preachers, my father was a preacher, my mother is a preacher, my husband, my brother and sisters are too. We all have different processes on how a sermon comes together for us. Yes, there is a lot of studying, word definitions, scripture referencing, fasting, and praying, but many people don’t consider another major factor, the trials that come with or because of the message.
I have found it to be very rare that one carries the message and seed of faith without being tested. In fact, I dare say some of the most passionate, persuasive, and powerful messages come through those who have gone through a great deal. I find it both bewildering and humbling how God works in and through the tests and trials to make it effective for ministry.
This post is not just about my experiences in preaching, but also an encouragement session. Listen, preachers are not the only ones who go through. I know some of you who are reading this may never stand behind a pulpit. You have a calling on your life though, and you know how I know? Because, God chose you! One well loved passage of scripture, found in Romans eight, tells us that we are called according to God’s purpose. It’s not the calling that we have a hard time with, it’s the other stuff; the adversity, trials, ridicule, chaos, testing, and troubles that come with the calling. Those things that often make it hard to remember that “all things work together for good.”
It can be challenging to look beyond the current circumstances to see how it will be a blessing. Every struggle has a story with lessons that can help someone else. That is what I tell myself every time I find myself in the thick of the hard stuff. It would be nice if preparation for greatness came easy.
It’s important not to negate the fact that the unpleasantries are often the catalyst that push us closer to our destiny!
You may find you are in a hard place, but remember over two thousand years ago, who stood in a similar position, Jesus. He was falsely accused, beaten, mocked, spit on and worse. Through his love and example, he showed us that there is another side to the adversity. He conquered the most unconquerable adversary known to mankind, and gave a message to those he called that would change the world forever.
You are one of the called. Your life is a living message to everyone you meet. Each encounter has the ability to impact a change that lasts. While you may be going through the worst troubles of your life, know that you are qualified. Your trouble will expose the truth about you, that you were made for His purpose, that He has a way of working unimaginable good out of all things. Be steady in the fight, and get ready to share your message, your living message of tremendous triumph!
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