I pulled up at a gas station recently and noticed that a gas delivery truck was getting gas at the pump beside me. The gas man was getting gas! Gas trucks are something we don’t spend a lot of time thinking about. We assume gas just gets to the pumps so we can purchase and use it. We seldom think about how it gets from the oil wells to the gas pump at our local stores. Yet, a break down anywhere along that delivery route can produce shortages, increased prices, and empty car tanks.
In much the same way, we seldom think about where the Minister’s message comes from on Sunday morning. People think the preacher simply stands behind the Pulpit and the message is automatically delivered. Little do they know that the message has to come in much the same way the gas gets to your local store. Far away, in Heaven, God decides what message He wants a particular congregation to hear. Through Bible Study and Prayer the “seed” of that message is relayed to the Pastor. During the week circumstances, commentaries, and the Holy Spirit’s leadership help the pastor add meat to the skeleton of the message.
Finally, Sunday arrives and the Pastor delivers his sermon cargo to waiting “cars” so they can receive the energy needed to travel Life’s roads. But it only happens correctly if the “gas man” has taken time to get the “gas” he needs. Remember that as you pray for your Pastor this week.