“Just preach with everything you have” That was advice given to me by a well-meaning older gentleman when I was heading off to Bible College. That statement stuck with me though. What does it mean to preach with everything I have? Do I need to yell and scream, do I need to go so hard that I feel like I am going to pass out right after the worship service? Do I prepare for 30 hours? Is it all about me? And what I have?
Here are some things I have figured out when it comes to preaching with everything I have:
It Is Not About Me At All
The funny thing about preaching with everything you have is that it is not about you at all. It is not about your words, or your thoughts, or your passion, or your skills. Remember that.
Pray, Read, Let the Holy Spirit Work
It is not about you because it’s about what you let the Holy Spirit do through you, how you let the Holy Spirit use your words, your thoughts, your passion, and your skills. You want to preach with everything you have? Then bathe the message in prayer, work hard in the Bible, and pull yourself and your ego and personality aside.
To preach with everything you have you must properly prepare. You must work hard on the research that goes into a well delivered message. Set up a schedule that works for you and stick to the schedule. Work hard to find good stories that will connect with people and work hard to memorize as much as you can so you can make eye contact with those you are trying to reach.
Get excited about the passage and topic, get excited about letting the Holy Spirit and the Word of God be communicated through you. Get excited about lost people being found and found people being convicted. To preach with everything you have you must be excited!
To preach with everything you have you must love the people you are communicating to. In other words to preach with everything you have is to love people with everything you have!
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