Perhaps on Sunday, you preached about the need for a stronger faith, a greater commitment, or a deeper love. Maybe your sermon was about family, the need to be better parents or how God’s people could strengthen their marriage. You may have talked about the need for not being ashamed of the Gospel. Maybe you challenged Christians to share their faith with somebody they know this week.
It’s possible that you preached about the importance of being completely committed to Jesus even during difficult times or about trusting Him when it seems that everything around you is crumbling.
So, as that great theologian (insert smiley face here), Dr. Phil would say, “How’s that working for you?” Seriously, how often do we preach, telling people how to deal with tough times, family situations, or lack of faith/trust, yet we find ourselves struggling in these same areas.
If you feel that way after Sunday, it’s okay. You are not alone. We’ve all felt it before, maybe many times in our life. Remember John? The one who preached about the coming of the Messiah, the one who preached repentance, the one who preached about the arrival of the Kingdom?
There was a time in his ministry that what he had previously preached with an exclamation point, became a question mark. There he is, in prison, hearing about the works of Christ, and he says, “Are you the Expected One, or should we look for someone else?” And this man, the one who was to pave the way for Jesus wasn’t the first. Remember Moses, Job, Elijah, Jonah, Jeremiah, Peter, and many others?
So, if on Monday, you question the very message you preached on Sunday, it’s okay. You are then first, or the last, or the only one. But don’t allow those thoughts to define you. Stay in that Word, talk to someone who can help, and most of all, stay close to Jesus. Have a great week and remember, we love you!