PAYING SOMEONE TO BE NICE?

 

2 Peter 1: 3According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 10Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

I am truly amazed at the number of ministers that are preaching a faith message and are not showing the fruit of the spirit in their lives. As you can see by theses verses, Faith is the beginning point in our lives. Then we are to add virtue, then knowledge, then self-control, then patience, then godliness, then brotherly kindness, then love.  Peter goes on to say that if we have these qualities, in abundance, we will not be barren or unfruitful.

There are so many pastors that are great at teaching but lack these qualities – even going so far as to say that they pay people to be nice for them. Then, they walk among their people like a star and ignore them: or worse, turn their nose up and look at them like they are somehow beneath them and do not deserve their time.

Peter says that these kinds of people are short sighted and blind. He says that they need to remember that they were purged from their old sins. There is a built in consequence for such behavior: Barrenness and unfruitfulness.

An interesting word for barren: argos. It means lazy, shunning the labor which one ought to perform.

Unfruitful means just that: Not bearing the fruit that should be produced.

 

We will never produce the harvest that is intended if we are lazy in the brotherly kindness category and  treat people with contempt.

 

Romans 12:3 – KJV – For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

 

Romans 12:16 – KJV – Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

 

We need to be more like Jesus in this area: to yield or submit oneself to lowly things, conditions and employments. What I see a lot of today is, pastors trying to “get in good” with the mayor, the president, Hollywood stars, celebrities, and anyone else who they feel can give them some notoriety. If you look through the New Testament, you will see that the apostles did not engage in that type of behavior. They knew that eventually, their message would probably offend this class of people. So, we water down the message so as not to offend and we think this is being wise.

 

Matthew 21:42 – KJV – Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?

Matthew 21:43 – KJV – Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

Matthew 21:44 – KJV – And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

 

We must bring forth the fruit God wants or the kingdom (ministry) will be taken from us. Falling on this stone brings a brokenness of spirit that does not act like a heavy task master when dealing with subordinates. God has also chosen to hide a lot of things from those who think they are wise and prudent, but he will reveal them to the babes (untaught, unskilled).

 

Luke 10:21 – KJV – In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.

 

So, fellow ministers, can we get this right so we can see a genuine revival? God has spelled out what He wants for revival and as the scripture says:

 

1 Peter 4:17 – KJV – For the time is come that judgment (condemnation of wrong) must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

This post is not some grudge I am getting off my chest and it is not meant to be a downer. I am so ready to see a genuine revival, but we must prepare ourselves if this is to happen. Not the kind of revival where you have to tell me when miracles are happening. I am talking about the kind that happened in the first chapters of the book of Acts. When a REAL miracle was performed and 5000 people witness it and are converted. Ministers, examine yourselves and get rid of any behavior that is blocking this.

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