So many believers come into the Church of Christ with behaviours they learnt from the world and worse, try to implement or apply them within the Church. That is why, many unbelievers do not see it worth going to church. My brother, my sister, it is easy to rate people on the basis of their official status and to be intimidated by ‘powerful’ people of this world. But, what is power if it does not come for Chris…t?
Let’s read today’s passage: “As for those who were held in high esteem—whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not show favoritism—they added nothing to my message”.
You see, apostle Paul tells us that he was not intimidated by the ‘great leaders’ of his time because all believers are equal in Christ. Of course, we should show respect for our spiritual leaders, but our ultimate allegiance must be to Jesus Christ, the only one we are to serve with our whole being. My friend, God does not rate us according to our status or according to our possessions: He looks at the attitude of our hearts: “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). Unfortunately, today’s Church has more believers looking for the best-dressed pastor, the pastor with lots of possessions, the most eloquent pastor… My friend, a true believer of Christ should encourage leaders who show humility and a heartfelt desire to please God, for what a true servant of God who fears the Lord has is not visible to the human eye… it is spiritual. Don’t be a blind believer who is blinded by flashy things since Jesus has already given you sight to see hidden, spiritual things: Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.