I Could Be the Greatest, But…

I could be the greatest worship leader, and have a band that puts U2 to shame, and have the perfect set list, and be wearing the perfect combination of clothes so that I appear cool without looking like I’m trying. But…

I could be the world’s greatest small group leader, and have the greatest discussion questions prepared, and a snack that tastes like it was made in the third heaven. But…

I could be a fantastic children’s ministry teacher, with lesson plans involving live snakes, and songs that make all the kids dance with joy. But…

I could be an incredible preacher, with the most poignant illustrations and the greatest exposition. But…

I could be a fantastic father, who regularly shares the gospel with his children and is faithful to discipline them appropriately. But…

If I’m not accompanied by the power of God, all my efforts will be useless.

In regards to preaching (and this applies to all the other areas as well), John Owen says:

For a man solemnly to undertake the interpretation of any portion of scripture without invocation of God…is a high provocation of him…[The preacher] engages in a work so much above his ability.

Before we engage in any spiritual action, let’s call upon the Lord to fill our labors with his power.

  • http://facesoflions.wordpress.com Dave Wilson

    I could contribute a pithy blog comment, but…

    Great, great quote Stephen. Thanks for sharing the wealth.

    Dave

  • Elaine

    The older I become, the more I feel my dependence on the Lord's strength, guidance, and grace in all areas. I have particularly noticed a strong need of the Lord's help when I'm teaching our class of first graders – can't fake those kids out.

    Thanks for the encouragement, Stephen; I appreciate it.

  • JackW

    All very true, yet we still strive to do all those things out of love and duty. It’s not an either/or thing, it’s both oars in the water. Thanks.

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