“It’s true that some are preaching out of jealousy and rivalry. But others preach about Christ with pure motives. They preach because they love me, for they know I have been appointed to defend the Good News. Those others do not have pure motives as they preach about Christ. They preach with selfish ambition, not sincerely, intending to make my chains more painful to me.”Phil. 1:15-17
“If I were doing this on my own initiative, I would deserve payment. But I have no choice, for God has given me this sacred trust (1 Cor. 9:17).”
“And because I preach this Good News, I am suffering and have been chained like a criminal. But the word of God cannot be chained (2 Tim. 2:9).”
Which one of these are we preaching or serving from? My hope is that it is sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ for the sole purpose of His glory and so others come to receive His gift of salvation.
Galatians 5 teaches me to see why I preach, as it shows the difference between fleshly characteristics and being made full of His Holy Spirit!
“When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! (verses 19-23)”
Paul sums it up by saying:
“Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives (verses 24-25).”
Our lives are so different from the moment that we accept Jesus Christ to be our Rescuer. Our Savior. Our Everything!
Knowing how Jesus Christ can completely change our lives, how can we not share the Gospel? But, what are our motives? Those pesky other motives can creep up on us, if we are not careful.
The biggest question for today is this: What do we get out of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ – our Savior and Risen Lord?
This is a soul-stirring question, as there can be a few different reasons to share the Good News of our Savior Jesus Christ, and I pray it will always be so that others can know Christ as their Rescuer and Savior!