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Monday, April 13, 2009

I Am Not A Power Hitter

Before I preached yesterday I talked to our church about my preaching. This is what I said:
When I was in high school I played baseball. I was not a power hitter I was the lead off batter. For three of the four years in high school I was the lead off hitter. I had the best on base percentage of everyone on the team. It was not my job to hit a home run. My job was to get on base anyway I could; a base hit, a walk or even hit-by-a-pitch, as long as I got on first base I had done my job. I only hit 2 home runs the whole four years of high school ball and one was at our home field which did not have a fence. I hit it between the out fielders and it kept on rolling (a gapper).
My preaching is a lot like my hitting was. I am not a great preacher I don't have many "home-run" messages but most of mine are singles. Mt desire is not to preach the greatest massage you have ever heard on the resurrection. I just want to help you, all of you "hit a single".
I learned a long time ago that if my message comes from my head it will only reach your head, but if my message comes from my heart it will reach their heart. That is the kind of preacher I am. I want to make a impact on my town and I believe we can, not by some big thing but buy hitting singles after single after single. The multitude (Leavenworth) will be reached one at a time. I think it would be nice to hit a home-run every once in a while but I am not a power hitter.
If the Lord will let me hit lead off for the rest of my ministry that's ok with me.

2 comments:

Andy said...

It is amazing how the Lord can take a bunt and turn it into a home run.
Matthew 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

Thanks for the lesson on humility.
John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.

Johnny said...

Great post. This is my desire in Croatia. I want to be faithful day after day, and let God do the rest. Thanks for the encouragement.