I must be in touch with my feminine side. I am multitasking. Not only that, but I am
multitasking by preparing two sermons simultaneously. Many alarm bells are sounding in my head about why this is not a good idea, but I can’t help it. Thoughts relating to both of Sunday’s sermons have been surfacing and if I don’t get them down I may lose them. Hopefully I can keep the two sermons separate so that people don’t have more of a problem than usual following what I am saying.
I have found in recent weeks that the two sermons have complemented each other quite significantly. If it was down to human planning I would have been very surprised because the topics and passages for mornings and evenings were considered separately and I didn’t bring them together until they were both complete. So (without wanting to make any special claims of infallibility or divine knowledge) it feels as if God has been engineering things – at least from my perspective!
I suppose that’s the sort of experience for which we pray… that our lives will be consistent with God’s message; that our actions will be consistent with what we believe and what Jesus teaches; that whenever people encounter us they will find that we are Jesus people. The only way that this is possible is if we allow God to do some engineering within us – allowing, inviting, encouraging his Spirit to change us and bear spiritual fruit in us.
Then we not only start to look like decent free samples of Jesus, we are also walking talking spiritual greengrocers!
An oldie but still a goodie:
A preacher’s little boy inquired, “Daddy, I notice every Sunday morning when you first come out to preach, you sit up on the platform and bow your head. What are you doing?”
The father explained, “I’m asking the Lord to give me a good sermon.”
The little boy said, “Why doesn’t he?”