There is something about the mystic of preaching that never ceases to amaze me. I embarked this past month on preparing for my first Sunday morning sermon. I have actually known for almost 6 months that I would be speaking, but in the middle of the summer I realized that what I was originally planning on speaking on was not what the Lord wanted, so instead I went where I've always felt lead for my first sermon.
My topic however is not what I wish to blog about today. The entire process behind preparing to speak in a church setting is wherein the topic of todays blog lies. As a person prepares to speak on a spiritual topic, they have to prepare themselves mentally and spiritually for the heaviness of the topic. They must remove all other distractions. This is something that I have had a hard time with in recent times.
I feel at this point that these distractions are meant to take my focus off of the topic at hand. For me as should be with every speaker you have to be practicing what you preach. Or at least working towards it. In James, (The Message) it says:
"As it is, you are full of your grandiose selves. All such vaunting self-importance is evil. In fact, if you know the right thing to do and don't do it, that, for you, is evil." James 4:16-17
This takes it to an entire level. It actually scares me somewhat. Because I get so caught up in life, that I can forget what I'm here for. I can even forget what things may be considered "wrong".
I keep praying that the distractions will leave me, however I feel that as long as I am still sitting border line with where I am, then they will stay; continually tempting me to sit where I am, or fall in the opposite direction for where I need to be.