The message we have been given by God to preach is a wonderful message. It tells of how God has come to us in Christ to rescue from our sins and our disastrous position. It is a message that surely should be preached with passion.
I heard recently of how someone was attracted to a church because the preacher preached the truth which is in Christ passionately. And surely, that is good. However, there is a danger in this for the preacher. The preacher then thinks: “Well, if my passionate preaching is attractive, I must show passion in preaching.” So in the preaching, he delivers the appropriate passion. And yet therein is the problem.
The problem is that the passion has been manufactured. It has been manufactured to show an effect, but it is really just a flashy display. How easily we deceive ourselves in these things.
We need to be reminded that our passion is only truly authentic when it falls in tune with the great message of God. It comes when we are familiar with being in the presence of God delighting in His grace. It comes from messengers who are in the message. It is something that originates in the holy place; in that place where we are alone with God savouring His grace towards us.
Oh LORD, make us passionate, but make us authentic in our passion.
(Originally published at Venabling on 3rd December 2013).