Some people envy the preacher because they think he gets the last word. After all, he gets to preach the sermon, right?
If you feel that way – it’s in your best interest to stop! I’ll tell you why:
- The preacher does not get the last word because the last word has already been given (John 12:48). It doesn’t matter how the speaker or the listener feels about a particular topic.
- In addition to all other aspects of life, preachers (including all Bible teachers in general) will answer for how they handled the word of God in relation to others (James 3:1).
- Preachers are human, and adhering to the words of people brings a spiritual danger much more apparent than the majority of the religious world is willing to recognize (1 Corinthians 1:10-15, 3:4-9, 4:5-6).
- It may increase the ego of the preacher, which is a potential stumbling-block that could lead to the desire of being served instead of serving. The church has one Rabbi, Father and Guide in matters religious (Matthew 23:1-12).
- We will not come forth from the grave to appear before the judgment seat of the preacher (2 Corinthians 5:9-10). And that’s a good thing!
There’s a difference between preaching and getting the last word. One shares the word while the other owns it.
“Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?”” (Acts 19:13-15 NKJV)