9 March 2017

1 Corinthians 2:1-5

“I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom … I came to you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling.” (vv. 1b, 3)

Psalm: Psalm 119:49-64


Here Paul expresses the emotions that many preachers feel when they are faced with those who are waiting to listen to their message. This is my own testimony on the same theme.

There are times when I wish I didn't have to do it.
There are times when I think that it is a complete waste of time.
There are times when other people think I should stop doing it.
But I must go on.

There are those who are certain that what I do is irrelevant.
There are those who couldn't care less about the subject.
There are those who consider me to be out of touch with reality.
But I must go on.

Why must I put myself through this?
Why must I keep going in spite of discouragement?
Why must I make a public spectacle of myself?
Because I know I must go on?

Why should I be the one to speak out?
Why should I have to make all this effort, just to be ignored?
Why should I not just put my feet up and leave it to someone else?
Because I know I must go on.

God called me when I was young and keen to do what was asked of me.
God called me to use the gifts that had been given to me.
God called me to learn from study and experience,
so I know I must go on.

God challenged me to preach about love and forgiveness.
God challenged me to speak about the story of Jesus.
God challenged me to make the good news relevant to as many people as possible.
That's why I must go on.

And even if I rarely know that anything I say has any effect;
and even if people think I am a fool to myself;
and even if they forget my words as soon as they are spoken;
I still must go on.

For I am compelled to do this.
I have no choice.
God entrusted this task to me and who am I to question that?
I must, I must go on.

To Ponder

  • What's the use of sermon and testimonies?
  • What's the next thing God is calling you to do?

Bible notes author

Marjorie Dobson

Marjorie Dobson is a local preacher and a writer of hymns, prayers, poetry and short dramatic pieces for use in worship. She particularly enjoys writing character pieces - 'getting under the skin of the real person that hides in the shadows of a good story'.