I have heard it said several times, “That person is so gifted.”
It has even been personalized. “You are such a gifted preacher.” There is also the simple “You have a gift.”
Let me tell you the rest of the story.
I went to college and took every preaching class (and speech class) that they offered. In my second year of college I was too young to land a regular weekend preaching point. So I signed up for a group called “The Lord’s Reapers” that traveled to congregations to speak about missions and evangelism each week. This group enabled me to speak at least 3 times a month.
By my third year of college I started preaching every weekend at a little Church in Urich Missouri. That was in October of 1993. Since the start of that ministry I have preached at least 48 times a year every year except one when I took a Sabbatical and eventually relocated to Alaska. By my calculations, if you include special sermons, I have preached over 1,100 sermons since I started preaching.
While in college I began listening to sermons as a way to get better. Back then I would check cassettes out of the Library at college and listen to them when I traveled. At one point I counted over 1,000 sermons I heard while traveling. Now I carry hundreds of sermons on my iPhone that I can access anytime. I quit counting but the number is probably well over 5,000 by now.
I have attended conferences on preaching. I read books on preaching. I read articles and blogs on preaching. I have tried to open up my mind to anyone who could help me in my preaching.
Am I gifted at preaching? I don’t know. I do know it took years of work and learning. It took a great deal of trial and error. It took years of developing my own style and voice.
Are you gifted? I don’t know. I do know you can get better at whatever you set your mind too.