I preached on sex, lust, and divorce on Sunday. Blech! 😛
I knew that I needed to do it, but I sure didn’t like the idea of standing in front of a whole group of people and talking about sex. Heck, I don’t want to talk to a small group of people about sex. And my parents were there too!
So I did it anyway, and I have to tell you, I haven’t been this uncomfortable preaching for years. But at the same time, I knew that it was important and good.
What really made me nervous was the idea that people would become angry and defensive. Or that they’d hear me as telling them that they had to clean up their lives to earn God’s love. I didn’t want to sound condemning, but I wanted to speak God’s truth about what God wants for our lives.
I was amazed to get good feedback from people. Several people told me that what I had to say was helpful and that they were trying to work on things but weren’t sure how. One person shared feedback with me that I knowwill improve a marriage. Another person bought the book I recommended and is looking for a group to discuss it in.
God was amazingly gracious and worked through my nervous obedience to do some very cool things. Now what was I afraid of?
If you have a half hour free, you can listen at http://www.trinitywestsac.org/podcast/archives/94
I am learning more and more that I can trust that when God calls us to something, it may be difficult, but God works powerfully through it, and the fruits that come from the action are good.