This Afternoon, I attended a confirmation service at one Church of Uganda location in Kampala. It was a fully packed service. The children that were being “Confirmed” had drawn mammoth crowds comprising of parents, guardians, God-parents and well wishers to the church. The church packed to the rafters.
The service was generally as elaborate as they come. Because of the dignitaries in the congregation and the visiting clergy as a result of the Bishops’ presence, the service was occasionally interrupted to recognize the leaders in the community present in the service. It was clear from the numerous introductions that the service was hosting some formidable individuals in our land.
The Bishops’ much anticipated sermon commissioning the newly confirmed Christians to go and make disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ was the anti-climax of the day and it all came down to Preparation. His three minutes of charm came at the beginning as he introduced his wife to whom he’s been married for 47 years. He then engaged the audience and asked those who had been in the institution of marriage to stand up as we applauded them. He called out the youngest couple and blessed them. And that was the end.
The Bishop’s time at the podium drew blank stares, yawns and in some cases closed eyes of meditation. Those that sat strategically found time to stretch their legs, look for a drink and take a toilet break. The crowd endured his lengthy sermon and the conversations after the service were largely on how un-inspiring it was.
I have had opportunity to preach on occasions. I have experienced Good, bad and outright Ugly sermon days. I think the ugly days have greatly reduced because of one thing – PREPARATION. As a leader especially in Church, always be prepared. If ever you are asked to speak anywhere, please prepare!
2 Timothy 4:2
Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.
We are representatives of Jesus.