“…for I am under compulsion; for woe is me if I do not preach the gospel.” NASU
Men and women of God so compelled feel most alive when they are talking, writing, or otherwise sharing insights God allows them to discover in His Word. Preachers live to preach. It is their destiny. They must follow their preaching passion for each one of their fleeting years on earth. The calling tugs at the heart with a force known to all those who are so called. The burden of non-compliance is too heavy to bear. Preachers must preach like...
- Paul who said, “Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel”.
- Jeremiah who said, “My soul, my soul! I am in anguish! Oh, my heart! My heart is pounding in me; I cannot be silent”, (Jeremiah 4.19).
- Job’s antagonist Elihu, who could not stop himself: “For I am full of words, and the spirit within me compels me; inside I am like bottled-up wine, like new wineskins ready to burst. I must speak and find relief; I must open my lips and reply”, (Job 32.18-20).
- John who, after eating the little book that made his stomach bitter, his angels told him, “Again you must speak what God has revealed...”, (Revelation 10.10-11).
Preachers are Word Travelers. They have embarked on a journey through the pages of the Bible and experience together with all who will follow, the mysterious presence and undeniable power of Jesus.
I know a boy who, at the age of seventeen, informed his pastor that he wanted to go to seminary and learn to preach. His elder offered sound wisdom: “I will give you my blessing under one condition… you absolutely must go and cannot possibly stop yourself”. The boy had to preach. Nothing could stop him. Forty-six years later, he’s still preaching.