By Warren W. Wiersbe
The next time you awaken on Sunday morning and groan because you feel you are not prepared to preach, take solace from these words from “The Prince of Preachers,” Charles Haddon Spurgeon. He had busy weeks, too!
“My discourse on Sabbath mornings is very frequently the gathering up of the thoughts and experiences of the week-a handful of barley which I have gleaned among the sheaves; but I could not thrust upon you this morning the poverty-stricken productions of my own insufferable dullness of brain, weariness of heart, and sickness of spirit during this week, for this were a sure method of making you partners of my misery.
“I have wandered through a wilderness, but I will not scatter handfuls of the hot sand among you. I have traversed the valley of the shadow of death, but I will not repeat the howlings of Apollyon.”
He solved his problem by preaching a sermon on Colossians 3:4 and majoring on Jesus Christ and His relationship to the believer. Without apology, Spurgeon told his people that he had nothing new to say; but he hoped the Spirit would make the old truths new to his congregation.
If you don’t have a new message to preach, just remind the saints of the “old truths” that are easily ignored. If anybody complains, show him Philippians 3:1 – and think of Spurgeon!
2ProphetU is an online magazine/website, started by Warren Wiersbe and Michael Catt, to build up the church, seek revival, and encourage pastors.