Pastor, we don’t need to sound like meteorologists when we speak. We give such great emphasis on syllables, thinking that it resonates. Instead, it makes us sound like preachers… and not many are listening to them… us. Not that we should not preach, but, particularly in the South, we should not put so much energy into sounding like a ‘preacher’.
God gave you a voice, speak with it. He gave you a heart, speak from it. God gave you a calling, speak to it.
The spirit speaks before us and opens the ears to whom we speak. Sound like you at dinner, you at the bar, or you when you speak to your wife and children.
No one here, reading or writing this, has the ability to save a soul. Only Christ does. But we have been given a voice, a rhythm, an inflection, and a story that will swell the Spirit already moving in some… which will save their souls. Let’s not try to sound like each other. Let us sound like one of a multitude of hosts, who are all crying out together.
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,a but have not love, I gain nothing.”
We are not game show hosts. We don’t have to convince a soul. We are free to speak the language of God, with the voice we were given. That is enough. Blessings upon you all!