Preaching that doesn’t come from the pulpit….

Romans 10:14 New King James Version (NKJV)
How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?

Are we so small minded to believe that the scripture above only refers to the well dressed that stand behind pulpits on Sunday mornings? Don’t get me wrong, I admire men and women who have given their life to the ministry and have chose the vocation of spreading the gospel as their full time jobs. ADMIRE THEM! However, this can’t be the extent of what we consider “preachers”.

Let’s face it, there are going to be people that never attend our churches, that never become a Sunday school teacher, that never joins our women’s circles or participate in men’s breakfast fellowships. But those that are passionate about ministry and spreading the gospel will “preach” by all means necessary. They minister everywhere they go and cease any opportunity or open door to do so.

I know nurses that have shown God’s grace and love to a family that was having to make very difficult decisions.

I know realtors that have taken their client’s hand and said a word of prayer.

I know contractors that have shared their testimony while hanging sheet-rock.

I know coaches that share a piece of God’s word with their players before each game.

I know mechanics that carefully study the problems of their customer’s cars so that the safety of the passengers is never a concern.

I know retail workers that go to work with a smile on their face, light up the room they are in, and bring joy to those around them.

I know musicians that can sing and play so well, it seems to touch your very soul.

I know people in administrative roles that work diligently to provide the best procedures for those under them so that they are protected, cared for, and safe.

I know people who install security systems in houses so that the owners can sleep peacefully at night.

I know people who go so far above and beyond what they have to do, that if they were ever gone, the company wouldn’t function at the same level.

I know people that on a regular basis send “happies”, say “thank you”, and appreciate those around them.

I know people that make it their mission to include everyone in the conversion and never let anyone eat lunch alone.

I know people that can make you laugh so hard you think you face might break.

I know people that can say a word of encouragement that can strengthen and motivate their audience.

I know hairdressers that stand on their feet all day, yet will let you talk on and on and on, and treat you like you are their only client.

I know people that cook for those that have been sick.

I know people that help their elderly neighbors on a regular basis.

I know teachers that not only teach the curriculum of the schools they attend, but they take time to teach caring, sharing, and show unconditional love to a few students that have never experienced that type of love before.

I know various organizations that as a whole volunteer their time to feed the hungry, clothe the poor, help the orphans, and assist the widows.

I know people that work as a mentor to the youth, in hopes they will chose a different and less destructive path for their lives.

Not a single one of these people stand in a suite and tie behind the pulpit on Sunday mornings, but they “preach” everyday. They make a difference in the lives around them. They show some facet of God as they go about their day. They are all “preachers” in their own right.

How to you preach?

-Rachel Ray