Some people would rather have a root canal than to speak in front of a group, or worse yet, in front of hundreds or thousands of people. I’ve done both and I would rather speak than have a root canal. There is a danger for those who speak that we would seek to draw people to ourselves.
In John 7:18 Jesus said: He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him. NKJV
Jesus is speaking of Himself declaring that what He teaches is from God and seeks to glorify God. We have here a way to test the words of those who speak: is the teaching seeking to bring praise and adoration to the one speaking or, is the one speaking bringing praise and adoration to God? Is the preacher reaching into himself or reaching into the Word of God? When he or she is through speaking do you know the speaker better or do you know God better?
Jesus sought to bring glory to the One who sent Him. He was speaking truth and no unrighteousness was in Him. We should also be speaking the Word of God to bring glory and honor to God, to reveal truth to the hearers. Whether you enjoy speaking or having root canals you should seek that God be glorified, that God is known because of the teaching of His Word. Put the teaching to the truth test: at the end of the message who do you know better, the speaker or the Savior?