Not everyone has the talent for public speaking. Not everyone is in the extrovert’s section. Not everyone can speak their opinions. Not everyone can defend themselves.
I am part of them.
If I am put in a position to stand in front of you and speak my mind I might just be wasting your time with mumbles, grumbles, and stutters. But these situations should not hinder us on our main purpose in life… To spread and preach the Word of God.
Let’s take a look at Stephen in the book of Acts chapter 7. Stephen was not a trained preacher or orator. He was only hired to feed the widows. One day, he was put in a position to defend God and his faith before the Jewish council. Then Stephen gave one of the MASTERFUL SERMONS in the Bible. He didn’t have time to rehearse, do his research, and study. There was no time to get a seminary degree.
But how was he, a hired person, able to preach with authority, dignity, and knowledge?
The HOLY SPIRIT spoke through him. It was not him who was speaking anymore but the Spirit of God. He just opened his mouth; the Spirit spoke, and it was in power.
It is daunting to put yourself out there. Not knowing if you are able to defend God to the public but Stephen taught us a very important lesson. When God wants us to act in His stead, He will guide us. He will impart wisdom in us. He will open our mouths for us. He will speak the words for us. We will only be a tool for His glory and that is honor enough.
In Matthew 10:19-20, Jesus said, “But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you will speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak: for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.“
Preaching is not limited to public speaking. Sharing the Word of God is not only through speeches. We are so blessed to be living in this generation. We have so many tools and mediums to help us save souls. We don’t need a pastoral degree to share our faith. Wisdom, words, strength, and courage, God will provide everything. He only needs a willing heart.
I am not a person who is great with speech but that doesn’t stop me from sharing my faith and God’s greatness. That is the reason why I write my blogs. I’m not perfect but God fills in the gaps. I am just a tool for His greatness. Maybe there are some of you out there who have this kind of thought today. I hope and pray you learn something from this and from Stephen. It takes great courage to put yourself out there but it’s all worth it once you hear Him say,
” Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things. Enter into the joy of your Lord.” (Matthew 25:23).
How marvelous that day will be! I pray we can all hear this someday. Let’s all keep working together in faith and love. Have a blessed day.