Preacher, Exhort Thyself

I hate yard work. If yard work were a person, I could believe in selective reprobation. This past Friday, I spent five hours in the yard—three and half weed eating. Then, like a non-reformed monk, I tortured myself by going to the gym on Saturday morning. Weights don’t lift themselves, folks.

When my alarm went off on Sunday morning, I wasn’t excited about facing the day. I keep the same routine each Sunday. I wake up at 4:30, shower, and then run through my morning sermon before the family wakes up. I had to drag myself out of bed.

Preacher, if you’re honest you’ve had Sunday mornings like mine. Maybe the week’s ministry exhausted you or family issues drained you. Whatever the cause, don’t think that there is something wrong with you when you see Sunday as a day to survive rather than to enjoy. We’ve all been there. We just can’t stay there.

God offers a cure for the Sunday blahs. It’s the same medicine you’ve prepared for your people all week—His Word.

Paul’s familiar words in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 remind us that, “16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work (NASB).” It is no coincidence that two verses later, in 4:2, we are told to “preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction (NASB).”

While sitting at the kitchen table reviewing my sermon, God performed a work in my life. Walking through my message, I found energy and excitement. God used Galatians 3:1-5 to enliven my spirit and body. By the time I printed out my sermon notes, I wasn’t tired and looked forward to the day.

Preaching the Word demonstrates the power of the Word. As we prepare to preach, His Word changes us so that we can proclaim that Word to His people. God’s Word grows our faith so that, even in weary moments, we find joy and God-given energy.

Take a step back and stop seeing the sermon as an item on your to do list. Instead, view it as God’s message to you first and to your people second.

You’ll find that the Sunday blahs melt away.

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