READ : Romans 16:25-27
Now to God who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ. (v. 25)
Sometimes I wonder why we preachers keep preaching. I bet if we pooled our collective experience, we would have enough evidence of bad sermons to warrant a discussion on replacing preaching with something more relevant—like charades!
But just when I am about to give up on preaching, it happens. I hear a preacher uncork a message that opens my eyes to an alternative reality. I hear God speaking a word that gives my faith strength and perspective. Suddenly, I am caught up in a large vision of God.
Paul believed in Christian preaching. He trusted that the proclamation of Jesus Christ was essential for the strengthening of Christian faith. Like Paul, I believe we can’t abandon preaching because it is critical to our faith. Christians who let go of preaching, or lose faith in it, soon become flattened and reduced. When the church fails to preach, we are consigned to a life of spasms and jerks, at the mercy of every seduction and siren. Without the proclamation of Jesus Christ, we lose our center.
God, let us hear your proclamation so that we will not be swept into a vast restlessness, with no steady direction and no sustaining purpose.