“The effectiveness of the message and the messenger is only if his speech is from his heart, and his life and is spontaneous. If he is a paid messenger, both speaker and hearer are affected by that fact. The speaker knows, and knows that the hearer knows, that he is employed by a mission organization to speak. He is not delivering his own message because he has not made it his. He is not speaking of Christ, because Christ alone compels him. Some will ask, “How much are you paid for this work?” Does not the answer destroy the effectiveness and spontaneous power of the message?”
Paul’s words give us the compelling reason to give the message of the gospel from our inner being; “For if I preach the gospel; that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16). Paul went on to insist that money had no part of this compelling necessity; “What then is my reward? That in my preaching I may present the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel” (9:18).
What is flowing from your heart?
Roland Allen, Edited by Sherman Driver
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