Let me be honest.
I read this verse, especially the first part, this morning and I was highly convicted.
For too long, I’ve relied on my
to pastor, preach, and even write.
And I’ve seen and experienced results that most would say were good.
In my pastoring,
I’ve seen grow closer to Jesus and find redemption.
In my preaching,
I’ve seen people saved and sanctified.
In my writing,
I’ve seen people encouraged and challenged.
I believe there’s more,
so much more.
When I pastor, speak and write,
I don’t want people to hear my voice or read words that I’ve written. I want them to have an encounter with God. Something that changes them forever.
I love when people say, “Hey, that was neat.” or “That guy can preach” or “That writer is creative.”
But those things are all about me and can have little to do with
I’d much rather hear someone say, “God changed me.” or “I’ve never encountered God the way I did today.” or “Today I found freedom, reconciliation, and redemption.”
Because when people say and experience those things, I’ll know it had nothing to do with me and everything to do with Him.
My desire is for people to hear His voice,