I always wonder why there is so much controversy on the pulpit when we are using same book. God reveals necessary information for us to keep going but because people want to be better than others, they manufacture new information for their benefit. 1 Corinthians 13:12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
People will elevate you and when you are up there, they will leave you to fall. Acts 14:11-15 When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in their local dialect, “These men are gods in human form!” They decided that Barnabas was the Greek god Zeus and that Paul was Hermes, since he was the chief speaker. Now the temple of Zeus was located just outside the town. So the priest of the temple and the crowd brought bulls and wreaths of flowers to the town gates, and they prepared to offer sacrifices to the apostles. But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard what was happening, they tore their clothing in dismay and ran out among the people, shouting, “Friends, why are you doing this? We are merely human beings-just like you! We have come to bring you the Good News that you should turn from these worthless things and turn to the living God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them.
The love that congregants have for their pastors, sometimes move beyond respect and become a worship. As a Pastor always be in touch with people who follow you. It’s very easy for people to be hurt by those working close with you in the name of securing you or shielding you from crowd and attention.
Don’t be one who goes with the wind because of ignorance. Acts 17:30 “God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him.
1 Peter 4:3 For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles-when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries.
I still ask myself what God saw in me that He saw it necessary to make me one of his servants. The closest I have been to the pulpit is standing at the back complaining that the Pastor takes long. There are people who knows the Bible and qualifies to stand at the pulpit according to me but God does not look at this kind of character. 1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
One thing I have learnt is to be totally dependent on Him. I’m still under discipleship and when given an opportunity to preach, I know I need God more. I’m normally scared to stand before people and literally shake but when it’s time to preach, I find myself with this boldness that nothing moves me.
Moses asked a lot of questions, trying to resist the call. We are very good at discrediting ourselves. When a job opportunity comes out, we always think there are better people for the job. Paul look at his past life and thought how on earth will I convince people I fought so much to put down. Now he was coming back to be the voice of the same gospel. Exodus 3:11 But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?”
There are many people who are still on the run like Jonah, fleeing from them their calling because they don’t see themselves worthy of the calling.
No two ministries will operate the same. We all use the same bible but God call us for different assignments. We all preach the same gospel but we are called for different members. Numbers 12:2 So they said, “Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us also?” And the LORD heard it. Churches are in conflict because of comparison. There are those who are called and those who went, If you know what you are called for, you’ll focus on your calling otherwise you’ll cause conflict using the pulpit. When the leader does not know what s/he is called for even the members are confused. They learn to cause conflict from the pulpit.
As a Pastor, be dependent on God. He is the one who called you. There are people He called you for. You cannot be worried about membership because the people God called you for, will find their way to you. Philippians 1:6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Only you can do what you are called for. God called you and qualified you. People will talk but focus on who you are and what you are called for. God will never run shot of people who can do the work but He designed you for a certain function. Isaiah 6:8 Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.”
God spoke to you alone, people may interpret the Bible the way they understand it but make God your source of information.
If we talk about Holy Bible, it means a relationship with it requires revelation. Wrong and Right belongs to God. Sometimes it is dangerous to see something and judge. You think you are right because you are using the Bible but God can be in the situation. A reason we are warned not to judge is that, there are things that I might have grace on and you can’t do the same and get away.
God instructed Hosea, a servant, to marry a prostitute. How would we have responded with our judgement if we were in that era? Hosea 1:2 When the LORD first began speaking to Israel through Hosea, he said to him, “Go and marry a prostitute, so that some of her children will be conceived in prostitution. This will illustrate how Israel has acted like a prostitute by turning against the LORD and worshiping other gods.”
David was the apple of God’s Eye. One after God’s heart yet the character can be challenging to relate with and see him being God’s favorite. God is more worried about His people and what He called the servant to achieve. If they are mishandling His people, in due time, they will receive their punishment but he does not stop using them because the wok must continue. It was at the latter stage when God decided to punish Moses for mishandling His people.
Acts 22:9-10 “And those who were with me indeed saw the light and were afraid, but they did not hear the voice of Him who spoke to me. So I said, ‘What shall I do, Lord?’ And the Lord said to me, ‘Arise and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all things which are appointed for you to do.’ God calls and qualifies His servants and won’t stop using them because of what we think about them. Remember that those who were doing great things in the Bible were persecuted by those who thought they know the scriptures. The people who attacked Stephen were church goers. We read the Bible an interpret in our own way. The Bible is about love not division and it must work in us not as a weapon against others. You are answerable to God as one who who called you. Acts 6:8-10 Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed amazing miracles and signs among the people. But one day some men from the Synagogue of Freed Slaves, as it was called, started to debate with him. They were Jews from Cyrene, Alexandria, Cilicia, and the province of Asia. None of them could stand against the wisdom and the Spirit with which Stephen spoke.
Because of fear of what people will say, Saul disobeyed God. You can either impress people and be trouble with God or do what God want and be hated by man.1 Samuel 15:24 Then Saul admitted to Samuel, “Yes, I have sinned. I have disobeyed your instructions and the LORD’s command, for I was afraid of the people and did what they demanded.
Christians knows the Bible, they finish the words of the scripture even as you start , what they need is a Word with power, a word inspired by the Holy Spirit. That is what will convict them and make them repent. When you preach the message from your own understanding, you’ll hurt people. Mark 16:20 And the disciples went everywhere and preached, and the Lord worked through them, confirming what they said by many miraculous signs.