A powerful sermon is known, not by the art of oratory or skill of the preacher but by the demonstration of the power of God. The essence of sharing the Word of God is to proclaim the gospel of salvation through the risen Christ to man, since it has been the plan of God to renew fellowship with man after the fall in the Garden of Eden. In carrying out this mandate of God, it should be done with humane heart and simple language, not trying to impress nor entertain one’s hearers with pompous and vain words.
The Word of God is to be spoken with God’s wisdom which is revealed through the Holy Spirit. The ability to convict people of sin is not in the presentation of a well-planned sermon devoid of grammatical errors and presented by a good orator but conviction of sin is done through the work of the Holy Spirit. No wonder, about three thousand souls were added to the church in one day when Peter preached on the day of Pentecost.
In speaking the hidden wisdom, no preacher should ascribe praise to himself; no matter how powerful his hearers may regard him. The sole aim of the preacher is to market Christ to the world, not to showcase himself (1 Cor. 2:2). All good and perfect gifts come from God, for what do we have that we did not receive from God? The Word of God is not to be traded for money or for selfish gain. Christ told the 70 evangelists who recorded much success at their return “not to rejoice that the spirit (the devils of verse.17) are subject unto them but to rejoice that their names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20)
Let us endeavour to make ourselves available as instruments in the hands of God through the power of the Holy Spirit so that the gospel delivered through us will yield fruitful result to the growth of God’s Kingdom here on earth.
MEMORY VERSE: 1 Cor. 2:7 – But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glorification.
PRAYER: O Lord, let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable unto You, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
READ – DAY: Rev 13-14; Night: Psalm 51-55