by Robert Brock
The Right Attitude for God’s Preachers
“For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God,” 1 Corinthians 2:2, 5.
I heard of a preacher who was so animated when he preached that he poked his finger through the low ceiling of the stage.
Some preachers worry that they are not running around on the stage enough, being melodramatic and drawing attention to themselves. Some in a congregation may think a preacher is not preaching unless he jumps up and down.
Paul said he was more interested in the Corinthians learning the truths about Jesus and the gospel than dazzling them with his wisdom.
Every preacher has his own natural style and congregations can see right through an artificial presentation that can be turned on and off at the blink of an eye. Implied in this passage is the willingness of the congregation to hear what the preacher has to say about the truth and its spiritual conditions. Listeners, who have studied God’s Word and have prayed all week, should be ready to worship on Sunday and hear the wonderful things God has in store for those who love him, no matter if the preacher is sitting in a wheelchair or overly animated.
This church was so worldly it could not be moved with a bulldozer. “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able” (1 Corinthians 3:1, 2).
THOUGHT: Our attitude toward God’s preachers should be to pray for them daily to be faithful in the work God has called them to do.