Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ out of rivalry, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Philippians 1:15-18
It really makes me mad when I see some TV evangelist spend more time talking about sending in money than talking about the gospel. Send in money and they will pray for you. Send in more money and they will heal you, but send in the money. Then I read about the expensive cars they drive, the private planes and the mansions with landscaped grounds and my blood boils.
Yet in today’s verses we are told by Paul that regardless of the motive, when someone preaches the Gospel, Christ is proclaimed. I may get mad, but as Joseph told his brothers what was meant for evil God uses for good. God will use those who seek to profit from Him to reach those who seek. Rather than getting mad I need to remember that God will use the truth in what people proclaim to enlighten and bring the seekers to Him.
Hopefully what I can take away from today’s verses is that even when someone preaches for all the wrong reasons, God will still use them to proclaim the Gospel to the world. Where I need to be investing my time it in helping believers to see past the motives and get to the message of Christ. To help others to grow in their faith and spend less time annoyed and more time doing.
Have a blessed day,