If you are critical, this will come through your preaching, and your congregation will become critical, too. If you allow yourself to be controlled by negative attitudes, the people will also become negative.
You will always reproduce after your kind (Gen 1:12, 21). You have a grave responsibility to BE the kind of person God wants to reproduce. The fruit of your ministry will be of that variety as well.
- Be Sincere
Sincerity means to be free from pretense or deceit. It means to be the same person in reality as you are in appearance. Do not try to appear to be in public what you are not in private. Be genuine, honest and sincere.
Many preachers develop a public image. They have a religious facade. Please avoid this – it is religious hypocrisy and an abomination to God. God is certainly unimpressed by such a false image, and people are not fooled by it for very long either.
- Have A Clear Purpose And Objective
The personality is properly shaped and developed when one has a real objective in life. If your life is truly dedicated to becoming an effective minister of God’s Word, your personality will be developed to that end. It will take the shape best suited to a communication of truth.
Such dedication will foster the development of your personality in the best manner suitable to be a spokesman for God.
Do not allow preaching to be a hobby for you. It is the highest calling of God available to man. If God has called you to declare His glorious truth, devote yourself whole heartedly to pursue the ultimate development of that calling. It is the most important thing in your life. Never allow it to be relegated to a secondary position.
- Be Wholehearted
Nothing worthwhile is ever achieved by half-hearted people. Nothing of value is ever obtained without cost. Give yourself wholeheartedly to the great task of preaching.
Let this goal be uppermost in your mind. Study everything you can on the subject. Let it absorb and motivate you. Make it the most important thing in your life; determine to be, in every way, worthy of the high calling God has put upon you.
B. PERSONAL INVOLVEMENT IN PREACHING
Be relaxed and be yourself. ‘God wants to use YOUR personality as a channel to communicate His Word. That is why He chose and called YOU. Do not be overly critical of yourself. Accept yourself. God has accepted you. No one can be YOU nearly as well as YOU!
Let your message and the manner in which you present it be your own unique product. God has made us different one from another. He enjoys our uniqueness and the variety this gives to the human race.
Use the unique personality God has given to you, and allow Him to express His mind through your life in the special and unique way He has desired.
There is something extremely attractive and appealing about simplicity. Don’t try to be overly complicated or profound. You don’t have to impress people. You are there to minister to them, not to impress them.
I am convinced that the most winsome and attractive personality this world has ever seen is Jesus Christ!