- "When you mess up, fess up."
- "Confession is to be as wide as the sin."
Immediately after I made the joke I regretted it, and as I began preaching my spirit was troubled. When the Holy Spirit is nudging you it is best to pay attention. The Spirit continued to bother me as we read Psalm 118 together. During the singing of the three praise songs I knew I needed to let the congregation in on my internal struggle before we ate the bread and drank the cup together.
I hope that God used the sermon to do some good, but all I can reflect on this afternoon is the lesson the Spirit was teaching me. Two other passages come to my mind this afternoon, "Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly" (James 3:1). God does hold teachers to a higher standard simply because we to be among the most mature spiritually. "Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers." (1 Timothy 4:16). I want my life example to preach as loudly as my formal sermons. I want my heart to be sensitive enough so that I don't let "small things" go unnoticed and grow into "big things".