BIBLE READING: 1 Corinthians 1-4
I will have to be the first to admit, preaching is hard work! I hear all the jokes and comments about how preachers only work one day a week for about three hours and during the rest of the time they play golf, drink coffee with each other and come up with corny preacher jokes. I hope that most of you already know that is just simply not the case, except for the coffee and joke thing! Seriously, the more society is changing, the more difficult preaching has become. The reason it has become so difficult is because our attention spans are so short. The person in the pew has a super computer at their fingertips and the moment they get bored…it is off to social media or the most recent trendy game. Preachers must be on their A-game to develop compelling, interesting sermons that are at the same time relatable and above all Biblical. Sadly, there have been so many preachers that have given in to the compelling and interesting while compromising the Scriptures. Is it difficult, yes! However, it really shouldn’t be, because according to Paul in I Corinthians 2.1-4 our messages should be developed on one thing, “Jesus Christ and him crucified”. It is a sad commentary on our world when the story of Jesus and his sacrifice and resurrection from the dead, has become monotonous, unrelatable and uncompelling. Have we become so far removed from the story that our hearts have become too hard to be cut? In the words of Paul, “God Forbid”. Today, spend a little more time trying to wrap your head around a man that loved you so much, that He was willing to suffer the cruelest death imaginable just, so you could have a chance at eternal life. Now, would you really rather play a game of Candy Crush instead of trying to find out more about this Man?