Sharing the truth from God’s Word is sometimes like telling a child there’s no Santa Clause or like telling an adult their dog died. Seriously. People make the same face and everything.
There’s nothing fun about being the person to have to tell someone those things. People say that you shouldn’t feel bad for telling the truth. When you care about the people you’re telling the truth to, and the truth hurts, then you feel bad. It’s called being human.
Pastors who can preach the full truth of God’s Word and not feel bad probably don’t love people the way they should. There’s always those who already know the dog died or Santa isn’t real. They pat you on the back and thank you for telling everyone else. They also give you that look that says, ‘I’m glad it was you that told them and not me!’
Warning! I may be about to hurt your feelings. Christianity isn’t all about God’s blessings and fried chicken. It’s about repentance. It’s about sacrifice. It’s about the lost, the lonely, the addicted, it’s about the difficult things in life. It’s about dying to self. Does that sound fun?
Preaching is a difficult and often times painful process. Those who are doing the preaching are equally human and yet held to a higher standard than those who are listening. We know our own faults and we’re entrusted with God’s truths.
We have to do all this while some who claim to be pastors ignore and water down the truth. Making it all the more difficult to help people understand the truth. Should you feel sorry for your pastor? No. It’s the greatest privilege on earth to be entrusted with God’s Word. Those who are called to preach could do nothing else.
You should pray for your pastor. You should encourage your pastor to preach the full counsel of God’s Word. You should allow the truth to change your heart and mind. You shouldn’t judge your pastor by how good you feel when you leave.
We need more men to preach the truth. We need more believers who are willing to live out the truth. There’s a false Americanized gospel that’s leading to a decline in morals, discipleship, and baptisms. A decline in the knowledge of the truth.
Please pray for your pastor. Pray he will be bold. Pray he will speak the truth in love. Pray he will not speak half truths just to be loved by men.
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel. (Ephesians 6:18-19)