|Today’s Scripture: I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,) That ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth with us, and laboureth. I am glad of the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus: for that which was lacking on your part they have supplied. For they have refreshed my spirit and yours: therefore acknowledge ye them that are such. I Corinthians 16:15-18|
|Did you know that you have God’s permission to get addicted? I feel as though most of the world feels that they do, but to all the wrong things. Most people believe that they not only have permission, but are entitled to these things. Whether it is gambling, smoking, drinking, or drugs, wrong addictions to filth are destroying our country, our relationships, our productivity, our health, and our lives. In fact, addictions cost our country about 600 billion dollars a year.
A lot of people are wired to where they need to be addicted to something. Honestly, we were created that way. That hole we are seeking to fill today has been designed to be filled by the Lord. So my question is: Why not get addicted…to the ministry? Imagine if we dedicated our lives to an addiction in which everything we did helped and encouraged people. Without being asked or told, we had a deep desire to share the gospel, encourage the weary, love the hurting, and to serve the Lord with everything we had.
One person in Scripture that illustrates how we can be hooked on ministry is Stephanas. God’s Word shares that he was addicted to the ministry. He practically ate, slept and breathed it. Always ready to help and supply the needs of others, this man refreshed Paul’s spirit and that of everyone around him. Paul beseeched other Christians to follow this example. That word literally means to implore or beg. If Paul was begging people to do this back in the days of the New Testament, how much more should we be heeding his word in these dark days?
An addiction is something that has a grip. It is an object, person, or action that is hard to escape. When we are hooked on the right thing, people’s lives can be changed for the better, and astounding things can be accomplished for the cause of Christ. People benefitted from Stephanas’ addiction. He was doing it because he loved his Savior. He didn’t care about titles or worldly advancement. Those in real ministry don’t do things for a pay check. True servants of Christ never do it for the money. Those who are truly addicted to it submit to authority even when the counsel given is not what they want to hear. They choose to follow God’s path even if it isn’t what they would have ever chosen for themselves. Believer, you have God’s permission to get addicted to the best thing in the entire world-Him.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr