Word for Today
Sincerity in Handling the Word
For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ.
The dictionary simply defines peddling as:
- To sell(something) usually in small amounts and often by traveling to different places
- To get peopleto accept or believe (something)
The word peddle is synonymous with the hawk. So to peddle the word is to hawk the word.
Why do men hawk? They do so in order to sell for them to make profit – money.
When men handle the word of God as a hawker to make personal gains, he will surely have all the toga of a correct preacher, but his motive is exposed to the one he claims to serve.
Sincerity is the most important key in the discharge of the ministry of the word of God. That key is what is mostly missing in today’s ministry.
The church of today surely is not in want of great preachers. We have them in great abundance especially in a nation like mine, Nigeria. But how many of these great speakers actually in sincerity labour for God?How many will labour if money is not involved?
Great speakers of today “are called” for the elites and the wealthy. They travel from nation to nations where the dollars are to speak to those who “can sow great seeds”
Every preacher of the gospel must understand that the word of God is not the exclusive preserve of the rich and men who have seeds to sow.The down trodden and the poor deserve the word; Jesus died for them as well.
By circumstances of birth, certain people will not enjoy this world. This is for no cause of theirs. It is beyond them. The rural dwellers, people in poor nations, destitute people and others are in this class. If they are not going to enjoy the world, they should be given the word of God so that they will have the hope of heaven.
This is the responsibility of the church. This is the duty of those called to preach the word of God.
To hawk the word of God, to preach for money, or to offer your anointing to the highest bidder is a serious crime against the spirit of the gospel. This is what the church must stand against by all means.
Miracle hawkers are doing much damages now to the body of Christ than unbelievers and people of other religions. The enemies within are more dangerous than those from outside. It is a pity. The cash and carry ministry is gaining more ground in our midst.
Dear brother, if everything in your ministry is about money, you are a thorn in the body. You must repent and return to sincere work.
May God put in all of us the heart of sincerity to serve Him correctly in Jesus mighty name.
Today’s Wisdom Nugget
Anyone whose presence does not add to you, his absence cannot diminish you. Know when to say goodbye to expired relationships!
Today’s Prayer Points
- Praise God for blessing you with good people including the ministers of God around you.
- Every strange hand drawing me back from my commitment to God, wither in Jesus name.
- Fresh fire from above, fall upon the altar of my life in Jesus name.
- O God of my help, stir the hearts of people from far and near to help my vision and pursuits in Jesus name.
- All you strange spirits brooding over my nation, disappear this moment in Jesus name.
pray for all the ministers of God laboring in North African countries