You get what you preach for

Are you a preacher? What do you seek in your preaching? Are you a listener? What do you wish your preacher said? This post says, “You get what you preach for.”

When you preach salvation, people come to know Jesus.
When you preach about loving Jesus, people become better lovers of Jesus.
When you preach prosperity, people want to be prosperous.
When you preach about the second coming, people get ready.
When you preach healing, people will be healed.
When you preach hope, people are more hopeful.
When you preach about tithing, people tithe.

What you talk about is what people are going to respond to. In other words, you get what you preach for.

This is not about communication manipulation. This is about communication transformation.

This has invited much self-examination on my part. I think I ask for a few things on a pretty regular basis:

  • I ask for people to share their faith with others, and to invite their friends to church.
  • I ask that we focus on God’s love of us, and our gratitude as a response.
  • I ask people to be extravagantly generous with their money, their care, and their talents.

We’ll see if I get what I preach for…

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