Do you suffer from a measure of “stage fright” when you are to preach or teach in Sunday school? As today’s devotional shows, you are in good company and have good reason for it. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
II Timothy 4:1-22 Timothy 4:1-2 English Standard Version (ESV)
Preach the Word
4 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
II Timothy 4:1-2
“I have preached the gospel now these thirty years and more, and some of you will scarcely believe it, but in my vestry behind that door, before I come to address the congregation, in this Tabernacle, I tremble like an aspen leaf; and often, in coming down to this pulpit, have I felt my knees knock together, — not that I am afraid of any one of my hearers, but I am thinking of that account which I must render to God, whether I speak his Word faithfully or not. On this service may hang the eternal destinies of many; O God, grant that we may all realize that this is a matter of the most solemn concern!”
[Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit XLIX, (London: Passmore and Alabaster, 1898), p. 296]