Oct 24, 2023

Philippians 1:15-16 Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains;

Why are you doing what you are doing for the kingdom of God? Why are you engaging in that spiritual activity? Is it about Jesus or yourself? It is always important for each one of us to continually re-examine ourselves as we pursue and follow Jesus in this journey of faith.

Matthew 7:22-23 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

They preached, prophesied and healed the sick in the name of Jesus yet Jesus wasn’t the reason for their doing. Is Jesus still the reason why you do the things you do or have you deviated along the way?

The reason for all the fights we see in church and our homes today is that Jesus has ceased to be the focal point of all our activities; everyone pursues what benefits them and has therefore lost the heart of God in the things we do.

As flesh and blood, we are prone to error because we have limitations. That is why it is so important to always stop and check if Jesus is still the reason why you are doing what you are doing. (Jeremiah 10:23).

Genesis 11:4-5 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top [is] in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built.

Don’t be taken up by success or results because results are not proof of the presence or approval of God. God was watching them from heaven as they succeeded in what they were doing without God being a part of it.

Read Numbers 20:11-12

God commanded Moses to speak to the rock but he struck it. The results were positive because water came out but he was in disobedience. As a result, he disqualified himself from the promised land.

This means that you can be successful without God because the gifts and callings of God have no repentance. When God gives you a gift, He doesn’t withdraw it.

Revelation 2:5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.

The church in Revelation did not realize that they had fallen off-truck. You can go off-truck without knowing; this means that they were taken up by results and success.

I just want to encourage us to watch our communion or fellowship life with the master and not be people who are just after results.

2 Chronicles 25:1-2 Amaziah [was] twenty-five years old [when] he became king, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name [was] Jehoaddan of Jerusalem. And he did [what was] right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a loyal heart.

Don’t be consumed by the activity. Ask yourself; is Jesus the reason why I am doing what I am doing? Everyone was celebrating Amaziah but God looked from heaven and said; “Whatever you did, was never done with a perfect heart.”

We should be consumed with one sole desire, to please the Lord. Let the will of the Father become our bread; that means He becomes the centre of every activity and the reason for our performance (John 4:34).

This reminds me of the sons of prophets who told Elisha; “the house we are in is small, let us go to the forest and get timber to build ourselves a house”. But along the process, an axe head fell off and the prophet cried to the man of God.

2 Kings 6:5 But as one was cutting down a tree, the iron [ax head] fell into the water; and he cried out and said, “Alas, master! For it was borrowed.”

Church, always remember what you have doesn’t belong to you: Whatever gift or talent that God has given you means you are simply a steward of God’s grace. He gave it to you for one purpose, to reveal Him and point men to Him.

Is the Master benefiting from the gift He has given you? Is Heaven benefiting from the grace upon your life? The heart and motive must always be found to be Jesus or you will always be found to be an unfaithful steward (Matthew 25:26-27)

Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. We know what we are engaging in, and our motives. Tell the Lord to realign you and bring you back on course so that you become a good steward of the kingdom.