Ryan Pledger - Asst. Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church
Isaiah 61:1 “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;”
I have been asked the question “why I am a preacher?” I would like to answer that question in the best way that I can. When I was asked this question, I took time to think and ponder on it, and I came to the following conclusion.
1. The Christ.
The Christ that we serve and what he did for us at Calvary. The pain that he withstood to make it to the cross that I might go free eternally. I thought of a well known verse,
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. I thought about the phrase “while we were yet sinners” even though we did wrong “Christ died for us.” I serve Him because He looked passed all of my wrong doing and saw my lost soul headed for Hell. I am saved, and because that I choose to give my life fully to serving Him. The Bible says, 1Corinthians 6:20 “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.” 1Corinthians 7:23 “Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.” I am His and He is mine and I have no desire to change it.
2. The Call.
I have been called to serve Him with my life. I am not called to a specific place but to a specific service, which is God’s work. Many times we have great men waiting for that specific call to a place which there is nothing with, but decide to serve God to the fullest wherever you are at now.
November 3, 2011 God called me to preach (Isaiah 61:1-3). That next day I started, I did not wait for an opportunity I went and found one because I knew that God had called me and I was going to serve him no matter where I was in life.
3. The Compassion.
God has given me a compassion to serve others, love others, and reach others with the gospel of Jesus Christ. When I was 14 I went to Haiti on my first mission trip and for the first time God broke my heart and gave me a compassion for the lost and the saved. I left there with a fire in my soul and I thank God for it and pray that it is renewed every day.
4. The Crowd.
The people are the crowd, and there are crowds of people that need the preaching of God’s Word. You say, “So you’re just all about numbers and crowds of people,” my answer is “yes.” I am all about the crowds, because the crowds and the numbers represent individuals. I am just as much about the “one person” as I am about the group of people. Just like our Saviour preached to the women at the well and the lame man on the street, He also preach to the five thousand. The point is that there are crowds of people that need to hear the truth and need God to do something in there lives, they are looking for something real.
5. The Command.
The command that God has given us. Mark 16:15 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” That includes everyone from the big crowds to the one person that needs Christ. Preaching the gospel is a command to the church as a whole as well as to each Christian individually. What God has asked me to do, I will do.
Here are five reasons I am a Preacher, now how about you?
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