2 Timothy 4:2-3 Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. (3) For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.
Blessed, bold, and beaming with passion for the Word of God, they are our Pastors. We’re either drawn into their message or turned off by it. We either love them or we don’t. Pastors, young and old, are either turning us on to Jesus or turning us on to ourselves. Teaching us to have sunny dispositions and not to seek out the Great Commission.
‘Who has time to make disciples (share the gospel), I have my own agenda?’
It seems we’re handing over our adopted rights as believers to the world at a rapid pace, like Esau did with Jacob…“What good is my birthright to me now?” (Genesis 25:32). So much so that we no longer want what was promised to us but what God can do for us right now.
Christianity has become, in some part, entertainment, having the best of everything, worshiping a right now god. No biblical conviction, no biblical plea for the salvation of our souls found only in Jesus Christ. Just pure entertainment…“teaching man-made ideas as commands from God.” (Matthew 15:9)
And as much as I have a passion for words and all their power, none are more powerful than the Word of God. To the man or woman of God teaching (or a child of the King, you and me) proclaiming, nothing is worth more than the truth we gain in Christ…For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world…(Mark 8:36)
The truth of God’s Word, the true sacrifice of Jesus Christ for our sins, and the real strength of the Holy Spirit is nothing to shy away from but to run passionately towards. “Hugging the promises.”
If anyone is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when He returns in the glory of His Father with the holy angels. (Mark 8:38)
So let’s go Christians! Let’s continue to shine the spotlight onto Jesus Christ and less of it onto ourselves.
John 3:16 For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.
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