Saturday, July 1, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: For we are not like so many others, hucksters who peddle the word of God for profit, but we are speaking in Christ before God as persons of sincerity, as persons sent from God. 2 Corinthians 2 : 17
LISTEN: It is good to serve God and be called His own. It is a privilege to be called a child of God; hence, anyone who bears the name, ‘a child of God’ should depart from evil. The bible says, “Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, The Lord knows them that are his. And, Let every one that names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” (2 Timothy 2 : 19). Beloved, as children of God, are we truly following this biblical injunction? Is God truly revered among ministers of the gospel today? Is the congregation of Christ truly rendering to Him the honour that is due Him? Are we truly serving God for Kingdom interest, or for personal gain? Are we in the service of God to save lives for the kingdom of God, or just for our bellies, selfishness and personal ambitions? No doubt, today many pretend to be ministers of the gospel, but they are not. They have no concern for people going to hell even from the church, let alone reaching out to the unsaved. They are only interested in material and financial gains at the expense of the souls of men.
But should we (ministers of the gospel and people of God) be so concerned about material and financial gains, while neglecting the great commission (the preaching of the gospel of salvation)? Sadly, many people today have commercialised the gospel of Christ. It has been used to trick and deceive people who are not grounded in the knowledge of God to believe lies from the pit of hell. The true gospel of Christ is no longer giving the required attention because of human interests and ambitions. Thankfully, there are ministers of the gospel and people of God who still believe that material and financial gains are not the primary aims of the gospel of Christ, but salvation. No doubt, material and financial blessings may come in cause of spreading the gospel of Christ, but must not be our primary aim of preaching the gospel. The bible says, ” For we are not like so many others, hucksters who peddle the word of God for profit, but we are speaking in Christ before God as persons of sincerity, as persons sent from God.” (2 Corinthians 2 : 17). Beloved, what are your reasons for chosen to be a minister of the gospel of Christ? Why do you choose to accept Jesus Christ? Let us be sincere with our services to God. Let us work as true ambassadors of Christ to the world. Let us not pursue earthly gain at the expense of eternal life. God bless you.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not pursue earthly gain at the expense of your eternal life.
2. Be sincere and do not pretend your service to God.
3. Determine to be a true ambassador of Jesus Christ to the world.
4. Do not commercialise the gospel of Christ, instead preach it in line with divine orders.
Daily Task: Determine to truly render to God the honour that is due Him; and serve Him for Kingdom interest and not for personal gain.
Daily Reflection: People comfortably go to hell today from the church, and the unsaved are abandoned to their own fate because, gospel ministers have shifted their interest away from saving souls to material and financial gains.
Daily Prayer: Precious Father, your word is priceless. Therefore, help me to spread your word, the gospel of the Kingdom, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, you will not miss God’s purpose for your life , in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: When the gospel of Christ is primarily taken by ministers of the gospel as a means of material and financial gains, salvation of the people will not matter anymore.
Today In History: July 1, 1838. Charles Darwin presents a paper on his theory of evolution to the Linnean Society in London.