The Strange Winds Against The Ministry Of The Word
A strange wind is blowing across the lands and only the discerning are able to tell. Things that were unheard of in the Body of Christ are slowly becoming the norm and so many either shrug their shoulders or just pretend not to notice since it does not affect them. We seemed to have forgotten why God put the Body together in the first place: “So if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it” (1corinthians 12:26). Friend, this is the time to not only stand up in prayers for our country but to equally stand up in prayers for the Ministers of the Gospel of Christ. Not a time for us to gloat and trample down those that have fallen or stumbled amongst us or to prove our theories right about them!
Let us re-examine ourselves as Ministers of the Gospel! Jesus Christ told His Disciples that we (His children) are the salt and light of the earth; not just for the Body of Christ and our immediate environments but for the WHOLE EARTH! He stated that when that same salt loses its saltiness (strength and quality), there is only one option; it should be thrown out and trampled on by men because it is not fit for the soil or even the manure pile (Matthew 5:13-16 and Luke 14:34). The same thing being the light; the responsibility is upon the Believer to: “Take care then that the light in you is not darkness” (Luke 11:35). Paul by the Holy Spirit warned us to live a life that is pleasing to our Commander in Chief: “To please the recruiter, no one serving as a soldier gets entangled in the concerns of everyday life” (2Timothy 2:4). Unfortunately, this present day, so many Ministers are living their lives and coordinating their ministries to please themselves and the powers that be. So many pulpits have become tools of the government or the opposition and thus used to drag each other down. This is a terrible distraction that draws the focus of the lion from the prey. Our Father and Commander in Chief is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah and as His cubs our voices must ring out over the mountains that seek to drag men into bondage and darkness. Unfortunately, the things of the world have spread their nets to entrap and ensnare some of the lions: “…so (their) roar could no longer be heard on the mountains of Israel” (Ezekiel 19:9b).
No wonder the Body of Christ is under siege because we forgot that our verbal and non-verbal communication goes a long way to either advance the Kingdom of God or not. As a Minister of God, you owe it to your congregants to live and speak the truth in clear terms and not ambiguously expecting them to go figure out the truth for themselves! Jeroboam and six kings that ruled after him did just that and the children of Israel paid dearly for it. Friends, the Lord Jesus Christ knew that such days as these will come when Ministers will make pronouncements or live lives that are in direct contrast to the Word of God. Thus, He declared: “In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit; neither can a bad tree produce good fruit…So you’ll recognize them by their fruit” (Matthew 7:17-20). As a minister of God you may fake the gifts of God (even that has a time stamp), but you cannot fake the fruits!
Oh child of God, your success in Ministry is not dependent on the ‘things’ owned but the fruits which are an evidence of your relationship with Jesus Christ. A Day is coming and it is almost here, where all, both great and small will be rewarded by the Lord: “Look! I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me to repay each person according to what he has done” (Revelation 22:12). It is time to put the distractions aside and do the business we have been mandated to do which is the sacrosanct reason for God putting us on the earth in the first place. Friend, everything God created (and He created ALL things) was for His pleasure; thus a man that lives for himself actually has no reason for living. Therefore, let us truly join Jesus Christ and produce fruits that will bring glory and praise to Him! God bless you.