This past week I posted a video on the church Facebook page from Wednesday night’s message on Matthew 5:16. I have also posted it on YouTube so that I can make it available on a larger scale. I am not accustomed to making or sharing videos, as a matter of fact, I don’t know that I really like it. I have given people manuscript copies of sermons before and almost every time they tell me, “I could hear your voice while I was reading it.” This always prompts me to apologize due to the fact that I have a pretty strong North Texas accent. You can take the boy out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the boy. The truth is that it can be hard to look at oneself and hear one’s voice on tapes and videos. But I understand that videos and pictures are a good way to reach some people. I am reminded of the fact that in Luke 5:3 Jesus got into Simon’s boat and pushed away from the shore a little so that He could teach from that boat. Though this had not been done before, it gave all the people on the banks of the shore an opportunity to hear His words.
As a minister, this story from Luke 5:3 reminds me that I need to push out from my comfort zones as I look to share God’s word. I need to be willing to try some things that I have never tried before and I may need to be willing to try some things again. I need to let the Lord lead me and guide and help me share His word so that more people may have an opportunity to know and experience His love and His grace.