When I was a kid it was amazing what I thought being a preacher was. I thought it would be my time to tell everyone what they had to do and how they had to do it and how I even thought I could even name, names behind the pulpit.
When I finally became a pastor, I realized that view of thinking was wrong and after some years of experience I realized what real preaching and pastoring is all about.
I have come to realize it is not my job to do the convicting but to preach the message that good Lord has given me. While preparing I should never think of personally attaching this message to one particular person or persons but instead just preach the message and let God do the work. I have also come to realize that I should never use the pulpit as a means of personally attacking people but instead I should use it as a means of “equipping the saints”.
I like the way the NIV puts that verse of equipping the saints, “It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up (Ephesians 4:11-12)
While it is true, we must preach the Gospel and that we must confront sin, let us remember that we should also learn to prepare people on how to deal with life, sin, situations and then even how to share their story about what Christ has done for them with others. Yes there is more to pastoring and preaching than what we have ever realized, may we take our job seriously above all else may we learn to love the people. For without love preaching and pastoring is worthless.