Hey, preachers. As we begin to lean into Sunday let us consider that our best preparation, our most eloquent delivery, and our most passionate pleas have no power in them. Your best sermon cannot touch the soul or change the heart. Your best is impotent. But God's word is "living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart." (Heb. 4:12)
As you preach this weekend your hope for "success," for power, for fruit, is not found in your words, but in God's word. It isn't your script that God will bless, but his Scripture. Yes, plan well. Preach hard. Aim for the glory of Jesus and the heart-broken reception of the gospel. But let your confidence rest in what God does through the ministry of his word. He will do it, and he will graciously use weak men like you.