Most preachers that I know personally would not ever say they are great preachers. In fact, most preachers I know wouldn't even say they were good preachers. The problem is that what many preachers say and what many preachers feel deep down often times are not the same. I say this because most every preacher I know has to battle pride and being told by their members or friends that they are good preachers. Before you know, you start to believe that statement and, though you'd never say it to others, you think you're a good preacher. As I have began reading Preaching and Preachers (again) by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones I was humbled by this one phrase in the preface, "I can say quite honestly that I would not cross the road to listen to myself preaching, and the preachers whom I have enjoyed most have been very different indeed in their method and style." I was humbled for 2 reasons:
1. I'm sure I think more highly of my preaching than I ever should.
2. I have a tendency to be just like those preachers who minister most to my soul, which could be an indication that I'm to focused on others being "like me."
My pride runs very deep! Am I alone in this struggle?