I began to realize that I failed miserably as a youth minister to the students who were under my care. I saw for the first time what preaching truly is, how serious it should be taken, and what is at stake. I went back to my dorm room, sat down on the floor, and wept.
How often has God told us in the Scriptures that he is good, but we choose our own golden calf?
The Lord knocks at their door in order to remind them of who they forgot.
If we get into the habit of weekly preparing our sermons while forgetting the who of the biblical text, we miss the point of the Gospel.
We have been given a set, predetermined number of days to walk this earth. We should, by God’s grace, make every one of them count.
My encouragement to you is that if you are presently in your Bible college or seminary education, do not study for a passing grade. Remember now why you are studying God’s word.
Separating vocational ministry from academic ministry is something I would encourage you to avoid.