"Are You A Preacher?"

J. D. Conley
November 8, 2015

When I first met that six year old tow-headed boy, who would soon become my son, Shane, the first words he ever said to me were, "Are you a preacher?" This question issued out of his mouth with excitement and wonder. When I told him, "Yes, I was," he seemed very pleased. I'm not sure what his idea of a preacher was at age six, but evidently he thought it was exotic and exciting. Now, nearly twenty years later, Shane is a faithful Gospel preacher, a son in whom I am well pleased.

Permit your preacher to now pose this same question to you, "Are you a preacher?"

Livelihood has nothing to do with it, (although I'm privileged to earn my living by preaching the Gospel), I would preach for nothing. When I ask the question, I'm inquiring if you as a Christian, proclaim the Gospel to others? Jesus has commissioned us to, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned" (Mark 16:15,16). Brother Ivan Stewart pointed out that "Go ye," means "Go me." Christians are to go into all the world. This does not necessarily mean we are required to individually travel to the four comers of the earth, but instead, we're to go into our part of the world and tell others the Gospel of Christ. Are you doing that? If so, you are a preacher.

Are you a preacher? Preaching is not limited to a man standing behind a pulpit each Lord's Day and preaching a formal sermon to a congregation. Preaching is more than that - and it is less than that. Talking to people in the break room about their soul and informing them of God's will for them, that is preaching. Sitting in someone's den and watching a WVBS DVD, is a form of preaching, as well as giving someone a Bible and handing out tracts. Using the Internet to teach others, is preaching. Having Bible discussions with co-workers or family members, neighbors, etc., is preaching. Even sending people text messages wherein you inform them of God's truth, is preaching. Preaching a sermon in front of a congregation is not everyone's forte, but meeting the Lord's requirement to preach, is not restricted to that. What He does require is for His people to proclaim His Gospel to the lost. Whether they obey it or not, is their decision, but at least we have preached and provided them the opportunity to hear the Gospel.

Are YOU A Preacher? If Not, Why Not?