Thomas Watson said, “We are but pipes and organs. It is God’s Spirit blowing in us that makes the preaching of the Word by a divine enchantment allure souls to Christ. Ministers are but stars to light you to Christ. The Spirit is a loadstone to draw you. All the good done by our ministry is due to the Lord’s excellent and effectual working”.
Friends and ministers of the gospel may we remember that it is not us who draw men unto repentance, but the Spirit of God who draws men and women to repent. You may be the most eloquent speaker, but if the Spirit of God does not move and convict, your preaching is in vain. There are two things I have taken away from this quote by Watson.
The first is that I should not think so highly of myself. Its not “your” ministry, but the Lord’s. We are an example of the Lord Jesus to this lost and dying world. The Lord is so gracious to even use a wretch like me. I am undeserving. When it comes to preaching the text, I should not boast in myself, because there is nothing to boast in. But I shall boast in the Lord who has given me life!
The second is that before preaching the word of God, the sermon should be immersed in prayer. I do pray before my sermons, yes. But I do not pray like I should. I should be pleading with God to use His Spirit to call and convict sinners. But this should also provide comfort for the preacher/minister/Christian, because it is not you who saves, but the Holy Spirit calls and convicts for man to believe in the Lord Jesus (John 6:44).
Friend, believe in the Lord Jesus. Repent, turn from your sins. Be an example and immerse your reading in prayer. Because you only get one life and it will soon pass, only what is done for Jesus Christ will last.
Evan Knies is an undergraduate student at Boyce College where he studies Biblical and Theological Studies. He lives in Louisville, KY with his wife, Lauren. You can follow him on Twitter @Evan_Knies.