|THE FORMER PREACH CHRIST FROM SELFISH AMBITION .. NOT SINCERELY
SUPPOSING TO ADD AFFLICTION TO MY CHAINS AND LET NOTHING BE DONE THROUGH SELFISH AMBITION
OR CONCEIT BUT IN LOWLINESS OF MIND LET EACH ESTEEM OTHERS BETTER THAN HIMSELF..
VISION OR AMBITION?
read Philippians 1:12-18, we find that Paul was happy that the gospel went out even
though the motivation behind the people that took it wasn't the best, he rejoiced that it
went forward anyway.
When St Paul came on the scene in Rome there were changes made by his holy ghost
ministry. Whether jealousy, conviction, pride or just plain ambition the evangelistic
thrust was increased, raised and so be it, let God be praised.
As I look at todays church world it becomes increasingly evident that ambition is high on
the list of achievements for most professing christians. Even though Lord Jesus prophesied
that many will come who have achieved much and say Lord, Lord .. He shall reply go
away. Many have mistaken ambition for vision.
If professing christians and professing church leaders would have a vision of death to
self, I believe that more would be achieved for His kingdom than ever before in church
history. Instead, we have men and women forever trying to suggest to congregations that God
said!.. God said!.. God said!.. and He did nothing of a sort. Its just selfish
ambition, visions of grandeur, which is the first sign of madness. It is interesting to
see the vast difference between the words ambition and vision.
Ambition means desire for power, fame or honour and vision means, talks about the
development process or the development of the kingdom of God.
We would be foolish to say that this is achieved, the development of Gods kingdom .. by
the building of buildings. For example lets look at the roman catholic system, the
mormons, jehovah witnesses, the muslims, all of these are ardent believers of building
buildings for God, yet all is in vain. Hence we see that Gods kingdom is not increased by
the building of earthly tabernacles.
You can not keep the people in the buildings but God may dwell in the people forever..
A vision is that which is presented to the mind by way of dream or revelation: whether it
be by God or satan the god of this world.. 2 Corinthians 4:4.
I will dare say that nothing less than 95% of so called visions spoken about in
churches today would be of the .. selfish ambition realm, the tower of babel realm and God
Almighty will bring confusion on it all in His time. I have a favourite saying that I use
on the street when I crusade, which is .. you can avoid the preacher but you can't avoid
the judgement day.This is reality, not a threat, a frightening reality if we have ignored
Question!..Is the word .. street preacher .. found in the holy bible or
is it a quote from ignoramuses? True preachers can preach anywhere at anytime and see
results .. amen
Pastor Paul Sheehan