October 23, 2019

Each week, Grace gets the privilege of editing my sermons for the radio program. This means every Monday she comes to work filled with joy and excitement anticipating getting to listen to the sermon over and over again. The problem is she never knows how long my sermon is going to be. Some are long, some are short, and a few fit just right.

This week, Grace enthusiastically told me my sermon was 27 minutes and 24 seconds. She was very proud. I said, “I’m the Man.” Pastor Brian laughed but I’m not sure why.

As I asked Grace about the editing process, she said, “I have to work around you smacking your lips.” At that point I questioned Grace’s integrity and sanity so she pulled up the editing software and I heard a loud smack right in the middle of what was the greatest sermon ever in the history of sermons.

I asked her why she had never, in years of editing sermons, happen to mention that my smacking noise was loud, irritating, and somehow sounded like a walrus on steroids.

Grace quickly changed the subject and said, “Everyone sounds weird.” Then she said, “But there are times when I am tempted to put the anthem before the sermon. That way people don’t have to listen to the sermon if they only want to hear the anthem.” This conversation got me thinking.

Am I truly God’s gift to preaching? Are my sermons really so good they heal cancer? Is my sermon delivery as riveting as I’ve always believed it to be? Does the congregation hang on every word, filled with excitement for what they are going to hear next? I asked myself question, after question, after question….

While I may have a lot of questions about my preaching, I know who I am and in the end that’s all that really matters.

The gospel of John says, “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”

Those who believe in Jesus are God’s children. That trumps money, power, fame, or even being the greatest preacher of all time. It’s what matters most.

So if you have doubts about ability or worth, set them aside. Know that you are of infinite worth in God’s eyes and he smiles whenever he looks into your face.

Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, thank you for saving me. I humbly ask that you mold and shape me into the person you created me to be. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

If you believe, you are God’s child. So live your life as a reflection of your true identity. You matter.

Also, just for the record, I was questioning my preaching ability to come across as a humble person. We all know that I really am a magnificent preacher. If you don’t believe me, just ask me.

I have always considered my humility one of my greatest assets.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins