By Patrick Hawthorne
The other morning, I was praying, reading the Word, and doing a study on the seven churches of Revelation chapters 2 and 3. In the course of my study, I came across the following by Rick Renner in his book, “No Room for Compromise.”
“A minister who preaches a message that he hasn’t first internalized is like a chef who heartily recommends a dish he has never even tasted. Such a chef may know all about the cuisine he is recommending; he may possess all the right ingredients to produce that dish; and he may even know how to cook and prepare it for others. But if he has never actually tasted that dish himself, everything he knows about it is merely head knowledge. He cannot truly speak about that food with authority because he hasn’t had a tangible, firsthand experience with it.”
Let’s put this in simple terms with a little Southern charm… “If the cook (minister) is too busy to sample taste his own cooking (the message), it may taste good to those who eat it but will have them walking away from the table still hungry. Why? Because it is all fluff and no sustenance. Ministers must first get the Word in themselves before they can get it into others.
If you are a minister or a teacher of the Word of God, always remember to eat your own cooking before dishing it out to others. Be blessed.