You got an opportunity to preach or teach or speak the Word of God. Congrats!
It’s indeed a blessed opportunity, because you are the chosen God’s messenger for that meeting. What a privilege and honour to be an instrument in the hands of God to deliver the message from God.
Here are 11 reasons why you need to take that ‘call’ very seriously
1. You are chosen for a reason
There were many speakers out there, but you were chosen. And that’s a great honour and privilege. There should be some ‘reason’ why they prayerfully picked you up. Therefore, you are accountable to God and to the ones who invited you. Lot of effort, energy, prayer, preparation and money are being spent for the success of the event. Therefore do your best!
2. God is really serious about it, so should you
When Jesus was on this earth, he considered ‘preaching’ and ‘teaching’ as his top ministry priorities. He was real serious about it. Sometime he spent a whole night in prayer before ministering. Therefore, you too have to be really serious about it.
The apostles even lay aside every other business just to focus on prayer and preaching the Word
Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.” (Acts 6: 3,4)
3. God is the One who is sending you
Even though it is people who have chosen you to be their speaker, God is the One who sends you there, since you have accepted the invitation, after carefully consulting with God in prayer. Therefore, be bold enough to go there as a servant of God
So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt (Exo 3:10)
4. Since God is sending you, there must be a ‘divine’ purpose
Each and every gathering in the Name of Jesus has a divine purpose. Even though the meeting is being planned by human beings, God is the One working with them. So you are to seriously consider this opportunity and be present there to fulfil that particular ‘divine’ purpose behind that particular meeting
5. God will definitely show up
It’s not about how many turn up. It’s all about the presence of God
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. Matt 18: 20
Therefore, since ‘the VIP’ is present in that meet, you are attending a VIP conference, so should you be really serious about it
5. Even that ‘one’ person is valuable in the sight of God
Sometimes, we tend to ‘take-it-for-granted’ when the audience is less in number. But remember, even one soul is precious for God. The whole heaven rejoices over one sinner who repents.
there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. (Luke 15: 10)
Therefore, for the sake of that one person, it is really worth that you take it very seriously
6. God is more interested in that meeting, than you
Since it is God’s business, He is really interested in it, so should you be. His heart, mind and focus is there, so should yours be!
7. Remember! You are representing ‘God’
Since you are the chosen ‘messenger’ delivering the message from God, people are actually listening to the voice of God through your mouth. What a privilege in being the mouth piece of God! Therefore, you need to be very serious about communicating the message of God in its clearest form.
for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say (Luke 12:12)
8. People come with great and huge expectations
People have questions, struggles and concerns in life. They are looking for answers/solutions. Some might be broken in spirit, some might be from broken families, some even with suicidal tendencies, some who needs inspiration, and many more. Therefore they come to God’s presence, expecting a divine encounter, deliverance, healing and so on.
You are the one through whom the message of God is supposed to be delivered. Therefore, you should be very serious in being a part of God’s plan of ministering to them. Somebody’s life is gonna be changed through your ministry, so get ready for that!
9. God’s work will never lack God’s provision
Never say lame excuses to be least prepared.
Oh, I’m not that good in elocution. I’m not that capable. I’m not good enough. Bla bla bla
God hates it!
When God sent Moses to Pharaoh, God provided Moses with courage, anointing, blessings and everything required to fulfil the great purpose behind the mission. So will He provide you too!
Be willing to be helped by God. Never take all the burden yourself. Let God handle it. You just go with the anointing form God. Trust God to do the impossible!
God will give more grace, more anointing, more strength, more courage, more ideas, more and more and more. So GO!
10. The effect of that meeting ripples over to many generations
When Peter was preaching his first message on that day of Pentecost, he never knew that it would be recorded in the Bible, and it would be passed on to millions who would read the book of Acts. Same is the case with your sermon.
You’ll never know its real impact. With the advancement of technology, it may reach to the ends of the world very fast. Therefore, never take it lightly. The effect of that meeting ripples over to many generations, therefore you should be real serious about it
11. Last but not the least, this might be your last sermon, or their last sermon
Somebody might be listening to your sermon, and that could be their last sermon they listen to. I have heard a testimony about a man who went to the forest to hang himself. He had a cigarette in his hands, and when he observed the cover, it was a piece of literature having the Word of God, in which it was written
Do you think that I like to see wicked people die? says the Sovereign LORD. Of course not! I want them to turn from their wicked ways and live. (Ezek 18: 23)
Reading this verse, he got convicted of his mistake and repented and decided to live for God! Yes, one piece of Word can save a life.
OR this could be your last sermon which you preach. Who knows!
OR even Jesus can return back the next moment, and it would be the last chance for a person to repent. So prepare your sermon, as though it’s your last and final chance.
Here is a video sermon on how to be ‘ready’ to preach