I fought with God. The fight lasted for about twenty years. When I was a boy I knew I wanted to be in ministry, but I also knew I didn’t want to preach. I was pretty sure God didn’t want me to preach either since I would vomit and have diarrhea when I did give it a shot. But He changed me when I was thirty-two years old and the call to preach finally struck home.
There is nothing of greater worth in the scheme of kingdom growth than the preaching of the Word of God. Here’s why:
We preach because it was Jesus’ priority. After a full day of healing, more were coming to Him the next day. But Jesus said in Mark 1:38, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.”
We preach because He trained others to do it. There are occasions when He sends His men out on campaigns to teach about the kingdom of God. Mark 3:14 says, “He (Jesus) appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach.”
We preach because it was the pattern of the early church. This is how the church grew so rapidly to the point that it was said that the apostles were “turning the world upside down.” For example, Acts 18:5 says “…Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah.
We preach because God impassions people to do it. We learn in Romans that Paul was “eager” to preach the gospel and His “ambition” to preach the gospel (Romans 1:15; 15:20). He even says, “Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel.” (1 Corinthians 9:16)
We preach because it’s God’s chosen method to grow us up in faith. There are a variety of methods that serve us in a developing faith, but through the Apostle Paul God says, “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.” (2 Timothy 4:2)
In an age when there is much sophistication in the area of graphic arts and visual communication—another tool God uses—His primary chosen plan to persuade people to know Him and be saved by Him is preaching—proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ.
I am humbled that I am one person who is called to do this.