Talking Jars of Clay
January 17, 2012
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Max Lucado, Joyce Meyer, Robert Schuller, John MacArthur, Charles Stanley, and David Jeremiah are some of the favorite Christian communicators that people read, listen to, or watch. Many of the folks in the church I serve claim one of these as a favorite of theirs. I know there are also many who don’t regularly attend a church who follow the ministries of one or more of these Christian communicators.
Does it bother me? No. (I don’t think I’m lying here, hope not.) In fact, I have my own favorites.
I’ll admit it’s a bit tough competing with these celebrity communicators. When I speak before my congregation I have the home court disadvantage. The folks in my church know me too well, having been annoyed with me, disappointed in me, or mad at me at one time or another. The celebrity Christian communicator remains on a pedestal, above it all. We can give our full admiration to the person because he or she has never let us down personally or revealed a sinful side that’s disappointed us.
This is why it usually takes greater effort to hear God speak through a person we know personally, like a pastor of a local church, than it does from a celebrity Christian communicator. But it seems to me that we are letting God do a greater work in us when we hear Him communicate to us through the familiar and imperfect local preacher than through the celebrity communicator we’ve put on a pedestal. Could it be that our minds and hearts are more open to God when we’re extending grace and mercy to the human communicator rather than admiration and awe?
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” (The apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 4:7)