Summary: Part two - looking at how God has equipped us to serve Him.
Loving God with All Your Strength (Part 2)
January 31, 2010
NOTE: THE ME/WE/GOD/YOU/WE FORMAT IS FROM ANDY STANLEY'S BOOK, "COMMUNICATING FOR A CHANGE."
Me: Last week was one of those messages that I really struggled with as I was preparing it, because I just didn’t want to say some of the stuff that needed to be said.
Preaching is one of those things that unless you’re really called by God to do it and other godly people around you can see that that’s what God has called you to do, you shouldn’t do it.
Most pastors and preachers will tell you that preaching is hard work. And not necessarily because we have to study and all that stuff, but also because sometimes we have to say stuff that we know is going to get people upset, or at least has the potential to.
The Bible says that sometimes pastor have to rebuke and correct.
The sad thing is that some preachers really like doing that. They love just shouting and screaming at their congregations about all the stuff they might be doing wrong.
I hate doing that stuff.
I have to get in your grill sometimes – and I don’t enjoy it. If it looks like I do, then I’m sorry – but really I don’t.
At the same time, I don’t want to have to stand before God and say, “You know what, God, I just didn’t want people to get mad or upset at what I had to say, even though You’re the One who told me to say it, and it was in Your Word.”
And so as I was going through those six reasons, and especially the fourth and fifth ones, I was quaking in my shoes.
When I was talking about how if you’re withholding service in the church because you don’t agree with the vision and direction of the church, then you should leave that church, I was trembling.
And it could be that some of you walking out the door last Sunday thought of a seventh reason for not serving here: Pastor Brian!
I think today we’re going to working in a more positive vein, but there will also be some stuff that’s going to be a bit uncomfortable because it’s going to challenge some people’s ideas of what the church is all about.
We: How many of you here today, after you gave your life to Jesus, thought, “I wonder how I can just be totally useless for Christ and His Kingdom?” Probably nobody here.
But I’m willing to bet that many of you, on coming to know Jesus as your Lord and Savior wanted to serve Him somehow.
You probably didn’t know what or how, but you thought there might be something you can for Jesus, and if you got connected to a church, you may have tried something there.
But for many folks, you were never told that God has given you some special equipment to serve Him in accordance to the personality and temperament He gave you.
And so in a lot of churches, they were put into whatever open slot was available, even if it was something they were totally unfit and unsuited for.
And if that happens too often, people give up on serving, and we don’t want that.