serving him to serve ourself

I really hate debating about the Bible. I used to enjoy it but now see why it has been referred to as the sacrifice of fools. You talk about spiritual things as if talking made you spiritual, yet failing to recognize that you are often speaking of your own authority, and likely taking no action based on the conclusions. But sometimes it is necessary when someone is in error and needs to be made aware.

I had such a debate today. The person at the center of the debate was suggesting that we needed to drop everything and serve exactly as Christ did. It is dealing with anything that isn’t ministry (food, housing, education, money) that keeps us in sin. I was quickly able to recognize that any specific arguments I brought up would only be dismissed (Adam and Eve sinned in a perfect world, Paul was also a tentmaker, seek ye first and all these things will be added), but was unsure of what would not. Praying for wisdom, it came to me what the crux of the issue was. Ultimately we need to be fully surrendered to Christ. We cannot say it is by doing ministry that we will be his followers. “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?” – Matt 7:22. Abandoning all for ministry is not necessarily surrender to Christ. Perhaps Christ has called us to a particular field and our ministry is there. If we do our ministry unconnected to Christ it is in vain.

I don’t know if this will change his made, but I believe he has had to truly consider the heart of the issue.


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