This is the first of several devotionals that I will be posting called:
There’s a Scripture for That!
(You know…sorta like “there’s an app for that?!”)
My Premier Topic:
How do you handle a situation where you feel like a minister is ministering not because he/she is called to do so or because he/she truly wants to reach lost souls, but because they want to be seen? Because they want to feel important and needed? Because they want to prove how much better they are than another minister? Because they want to make money? Because they thrive on attention and holding a position of authority?
There’s a scripture for that!
In the first chapter of Philippians, Paul confirms the fact that there are (and always have been) people who preach/minister “for the wrong reasons.”
“And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.” (Philippians 1:14-17 KJV)
So what does Paul have to say about those who have such vain and egocentric motives behind delivering the gospel to the multitudes? Should we shut them up? Sit them down? Rip off their masks and reveal to the world (and anyone on Social Media) just how big of a phony they are?
That’s how we usually handle posers, right? Because it eats at us that a person could have the nerve to embody such hypocrisy!
They must be stopped!
Well…that’s not what Paul says…
“What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice. For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, (Philippians 1:18-19 KJV)
“Rejoice!” Paul says. Because despite their motives, the gospel is being spread.
Don’t call them out. Don’t murmur to other members of the congregation. And for YOUR OWN sake – don’t allow the circumstances to consume your spirit with bitterness and resentment.
Pray, instead, than someone receives a the message. That someone gives their life over to Jesus because of that “poser’s” choice to share the gospel.
After all… Nobody’s perfect! And the ultimate goal is to bring souls to Christ!
This is just one of many tough situations we will come across in life. But I can promise you that no matter what your question or circumstance is – There’s a Scripture for That, too!