I literally think in sermons. I can be in the shower and think of a topic and have three points by the end of the shower. And boy, those points can preach!
But what I have discovered is that while I may have something that sounds good and is intrinsically a Christian message, if it is not the right time, if it is not the right message, if it is ultimately my agenda that pushed its compilation, this message is going to fall flat to the ground.
To be most effective and to pack the most punch when we speak we must WAIT for the Lord to speak. I was TOLD that my favorite passage in the Bible comes from Jeremiah 23:21-22.
It says, “I did not send the prophets, yet they ran; I did not speak to them, yet they prophesied. But if they had stood in my council, then they would have proclaimed my words to my people, and they would have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their deeds.”
You know, God is not asking for much. All we have to do is listen to him and then speak. We must give our ears and voice to Jesus.
Grace and peace, hope to see you on Sunday.