You can get a kind of satisfaction when people say after your preaching, “That was a great sermon”. There is understandable pride if someone says, “That young Hargaden has a gift”. If someone says, “That gave me lots to think about” you have certainly achieved something impressive. In a way.
And I must confess that I pretty much always set my sights on these levels.
But surely the litmus test for a successful sermon is that people come away saying, “Wow. God was in that text.”
In great sermons, the sermon (and the sermoniser) are insignificant in the face of an irreversible eye-opening, mind-blowing, life-transforming glimpsed encounter with God.
Your Correspondent, His eyebrows are dilated!