Addicted to the Ministry
Daily Devotional for July 5th
I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,) that ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth us, and laboureth. 1 Corinthians 16:15-6
There is nothing more exciting than to see men and women serving God with zeal! The world runs after the things that please themselves while many Christian people are sadly in the same condition. But as the laborers come from the fields at harvest time, those who labor in the gospel will “doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” Psalm 126:6b. We rejoice with those who’ve been born again, those who’ve been delivered from Satan’s bondages. There’s truly nothing in this life, apart from being born again ourselves, than to witness God’s victory in others!
You may have been addicted to drugs, alcohol or other vices before coming to Jesus. Those addictions are real! They draw you toward them with all of their force. But did you know that the ministry of the gospel is the same? There is literally an addiction to the ministry. If you’ve ever led someone to Jesus for salvation, you know the joy of having a part in their coming to Christ. It brings a zeal to you that causes you to want to win another. If you’ve had a hand in someone’s deliverance from other bondages, it brings about a drawing to see others delivered.
Paul exhorted the Corinthian believers to submit themselves unto those who have addicted themselves unto the ministry. In our generation, we very seldom do this. We tend to gravitate toward submitting ourselves unto theologians and bible teachers who are giving oratory offerings but are not ministering. If you are addicted to the ministry then the ministry will draw you. It will pull you into the direction of helping people. You’ll find yourself being drawn by the Lord to those who are making an impact on the world.
Can we honestly say we are living for God if we do not labor in the gospel? Jesus even said “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Luke 6:46. My concern is that we have loosely called Jesus our Lord but have not truly made Him our Lord by submitting ourselves unto Him. Do you realize that if you truly live for God, then God will set you on a course for helping and ministering to people? You are God’s hands reaching out to the world. Join yourself, not unto those who are religious, but to those who are reaching out to the world with the hope and love of Jesus.