Remember in school when we had to write a paper and we worked and worked to try to make it as long as possible? Remember trying to stretch it out to make that 3-page mark or that 5-page mark? Gosh, I do. And now I find myself having to learn to do the opposite. Part of my work this week is to edit one of Oral Roberts’ classic sermons down to fit in their ministry magazine.
OK, so get this. The original sermon that he preached was probably about an hour and a half to two hours long… the man could preach. Then many years ago, it was edited down to fit in his original magazine to the length of about 6000 words. Back in the 1950’s, people would sit down and read a long article like that. Today that is not the case!
My task is to take that 6000 words down to about 1500 words, without diminishing the message! It’s a daunting task, but you know what? I’m actually really enjoying it. It is such a good message that he’s preaching. And it’s 50 years old and still totally relevant and fresh and anointed.
You know, God’s Word doesn’t change. God’s laws and principles don’t change. Even though I’m recycling an old sermon, it is just as powerful as it ever was. On the flip side of that, the devil doesn’t change either. He doesn’t have any new tricks, he just reformulates the old ones and tries to make us think it’s big and new and scary. He is the same old dog.
So recycle the good stuff, but throw away the garbage!