I was cleaning out shelves recently when I came across a shoe box full of cassette tapes. All were old sermons from some of my favorite preachers of years gone by.
Some of the best sermons, however, arenít captured on cassette nor will they ever be available on the Internet. They are preached by the way ordinary men and women live their lives.
One of the best sermons Iíve ever known was on perseverance and preached by a single mother who brought her young children to Bible class and then wrestled them alone until they grew and became faithful Christians.
Another on faith was taught by a sweet lady who went through epilepsy but never complained. Instead she always had a smile and encouraging word.
A powerful one on love and marriage was by a man who diligently cared for his sick wife. He would feed her, dress her, and then bring her with him to the worship service.
Some were broadcast from a lonely jail cell - Genesis 41
...A fiery furnace - Daniel 3
...A lionís den - Daniel 6
...And a manger - Matthew 1; Luke 2
Of course, the one that impacted the world more than any other was proclaimed in an empty tomb - Matthew 28; Mark 16
Every Christian is a minister, but most will never stand at the front of the auditorium. They will quietly speak messages of love, mercy, and forgiveness in the way they treat others and handle lifeís situations. They will show the world that pain and heartache donít define a life. They will smile or say a kind word when they could more easily walk away. They will write notes of encouragement and offer much needed hugs and in doing so will influence more people for Jesus than they will ever realize.
What are you preaching to your friends and family? Is it a sermon of love and grace or one of hypocrisy and complaining? If you havenít started thinking about your message, todayís the day.
Set your mind on things above and then with a good attitude and a servantís heart, boldly live the Word of God. Remember, you donít need a passport to be a missionary and you certainly donít need a podium to be a preacher.
"Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned." - Mark 16:15-16
-- Don Treadway, March 2011 --