I enjoy the ministry. I have found myself enjoying it more the older and more experienced that I get.
That being said, I find the ministry more difficult the older and more experienced I get.
The reason that I find it more difficult is that I understand more of the task at hand.
Preaching is not simply speech making.
Preaching is not simply motivating people.
Preaching is not simply speaking about religious things.
Preaching is not a verse, a joke, a sad story, a conclusion, and an invitation.
Preaching is warfare.
Preaching is opposing false ideas.
Preaching is correcting error.
Preaching is fighting lies.
Preaching is battling Satan.
Preaching is offensive and defensive.
Preaching is a life and death struggle for the eternal souls of the hearers.
Let us not take preaching lightly.
Let us not approach it frivolously.
Let us not denigrate the value and relevance of preaching.
We are charging the gates of hell while preaching.
We are assaulting Satan while preaching.
We are upholding God’s standard while preaching.
We are fighting in His strength while preaching.
Let us take preaching seriously.
Let us take the time to occasionally remind ourselves that we are not simply preaching, but are waging expository warfare for the souls of men.
Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you: but I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; and having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
(2 Corinthians 10:1–6)