It's a Lisa Jo Baker Five Minute Friday-- write for five minutes on the word provided.
What does it mean to be a messenger? Who is a messenger? What is the message? Authors are messenger of stories. Journalists are messengers of the news. Preachers are messengers of God's Word. Messengers vary in degree of course. One of my greatest anxieties is "pulpit anxiety." I worry myself sick on Sunday mornings wondering if the message I'm about to deliver is the right one. If it's Godly enough. How the congregation will receive it. I know that not every message that is received well is the right message...sometimes it is the challenging ones that are the right ones. The ones where I receive push-back are likely the more Godly messages because they are taking people out of their comfort zones. Sometimes a messenger is sent to take people out of their comfort zones. And then the messenger becomes disliked and I don't like to be disliked and that's where the anxiety heightens. Do I tell them what they want to hear so I can be liked or do I give them the message God wants them to hear and face the possible wrath of the people? It sure isn't an easy job but it's the one I'm called to. If you pray, please pray for pastors. Our job is a lot harder than it looks. Thank you and God bless you (and your messages!)