We all know that not all who preach the gospel do so to serve the Lord. They don’t do it because they care for the lost but to enrich themselves or boost their ego. Such individuals existed during Paul’s time. Nothing is new under the sun.
“It’s true that some are preaching out of jealousy and rivalry…” (Phil. 1:15 NLT)
“Those others do not have pure motives as they preach about Christ. They preach with selfish ambition, not sincerely…”(Phil. 1:17 NLT)
Whenever I tried to get close to God or strive to follow Him more, for some reason a lot of things would go against my way. Even when I write on this blog it feels something or someone is trying to prevent me by putting obstacles on my way. Either God is testing me or the enemy is mad at me. Anyways, I was reading my daily devotion this morning and I ran across this verse on 2 Timothy 3:12(NASB), “Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” Take note what he says that not just living godly, but living godly in whom? In Christ Jesus. And it says will be persecuted not maybe. So if you’re wondering why, don’t be shock.
We all know the consequences of sin. I never thought that it would apply the same thing to to those who approve of it, until I read this verse on Romans 1:32(NASB),”and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them. I encourage you to read the whole first chapter of the book of Romans to give you a better context.
Almost all of us dreaded to be homeless. I’ve never meet or hear anyone today that became one for the sake of the gospel. And yet that was exactly the situation of Paul and the followers of Christ. 1Corinhtians 4:11 says, “To this present hour we are both hungry and thirsty, and are poorly clothed, and are roughly treated and are homeless.” You could read the rest of the verses. It didn’t get better at all.