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I Didn’t Sign Up For This!

I didn’t sign up for this!! Those are the frustrating words from me, a pastor, getting tired of preaching each week to an empty room, finding myself trying to treat the camera lens like it’s somehow going to interact with me.  

As a preacher, I understand that when we preach it is not a monologue but a dialogue where we can see others responding to Gods word by their expressions and actions. When The Holy Spirit moves people as the word of God is proclaimed you tell by their expressions and interactions with the preached word and that they are engaged, moved, perplexed or sleeping (I mean praying). That interaction matters much more than I could have ever imagined. The “Gathering” of the church has human interaction whether casual conversation before and after or non-verbal responses to God’s word that are unbelievably important and remind us why throughout church history the church has fought to gather and not forsake meeting together (Hebrews 10:25).  

I have never thought so deeply about the implications of those human interactions as I have in this season of COVID-19. As a preacher, I’m finding the longer the pandemic goes on the more I find myself approaching the pulpit as a task to complete rather than a gift to proclaim. I find myself just wanting to get that sermon recorded and over with. Maybe you're feeling the same way and you're a little weary of staring into that camera lens each week and in your frustration you're saying in the back of your mind, “I didn’t sign up for this.”

I want you to know that whatever frustrations you’re feeling preaching in this uncertain season, your not alone and as such it is helpful to be reminded of a beautiful reality that we can easily lose sight of:

Pastor, there is no greater privilege than to proclaim the word of God. As a pastor, your central work is the exposition of God’s word. The word of God is the grace that leads to justification and sanctification. The word of God is the means through which God has chosen to reveal himself. This is a very holy aspect of the calling of a pastor as you participate with the Holy Spirit to open spiritually dead eyes to see the glory of God in Jesus (2 Cor. 4:4, 6).

I pray these words from the book “On Being a Pastor”, by Derek Prime and Alistair Begg, encourages you as you continue to run the race:

There is no greater task in all the world than teaching and preaching the Word of God, for to us is committed the privilege of proclaiming the unsearchable riches of Christ and making plain the meaning of God’s great plan of salvation that was kept hidden until the coming of His Son (Ephesians 3:8-9). No greater privilege exists! (On Being a Pastor, 148).

This reality helps me every time I pass our Sunday recording room and find myself thinking that “I just need to get this over with” and replace it with thankfulness that I get to proclaim God's Word even in a season that isn’t ideal. To God be the Glory!

Blair Allen, Pastor @ The Compass Church



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