The Apostle Peter is one of my favorite communicators. I love that he started out as this unharnessed renegage businessman turned radical world changer. Interesting enough Jesus didn't consult Peter's past in order to quality him for preaching the gospel. I absolutely love that about Jesus.
Peter's first legit sermon had such impact that close to 3,000 people came to saving faith in Christ. That was quite a sermon! I'm pretty sure his face would have ended up on Outreach Magazine as the fastest growing church and maybe even a conference speaker at the Global Leadership Summit on how he was able to create enough momentum to move people form "here to there" (In the words of Bill Hybels).
Years later in the book of Galatians we find Paul rebuking Peter for his hypocrisy. One moment Peter was eating porkchops with Gentiles, and then the next day we see him eating lamb with the Jews. In other words Peter was this great communicator and yet wrestled with issues of his own heart - fear.
As pastors and leaders our number one goal is to not only preach great messages that move people from "once I was lost till now I was found, " but to process the issues of our hearts in such a way that we get whole in our own hearts. God desires us to preach with our WHOLE hearts. He dreams of seeing us just like the Apostle John envisioned in 3 John 1:2, "I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well."
Lately I've been asking myself a series of questions that are helping me to process my own wholeness. I'm convinced that it could add value to your call as a communicator:
1. Have I opened any doors? Sometimes we willing and unwillingly yield ground to the evil one. In so doing we invite chaos and internal challenges in our lives if we don't manage guarding our hearts.
2. Is there anyone I need to forgive? I can't stress how important it is to extend forgiveness to those who have offended and/or hurt us in some way. Choosing to forgive people for what they've done to us is the ultimate act of freedom. It's an invitation to walk out of the prison we've created into a land of utter grace.
3. Am I wounded in any area? In the midst of this thing called life we're promised hurtfull opportunities will come, but how you manage hurt will determine your wholeness. God promises that He is near to the brokenhearted. The sheer promise that God will never leave and forsake us in our moments of hurt. The Apostle Paul understood this all so well. He noted that the secret to getting whole from our hurts is relying on the grace of God.
4. Am I believing any lies? If knowing the truth sets us free, then embracing a lie locks us up. It's good sometimes to do an evaluation of different areas of our lives in order to assess and manage what we believe.
5. What truths are essential to my wholeness? I love this question. It forces us to go vertical. It motivates us to go to the source of all truth - the keeper of our souls. This is where intimacy becomes very important. I'm reminded of the patriarchs of old. They were known as people who walked with God. In walking with God there was a divine exchange where God shared His heart with them. It's when God shares His heart that we receive truth.
What would you add?
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