MINISTERS WITHOUT BLEMISH: KING SOLOMON CHOSE OTHERS FIRST

KEY SCRIPTURE :1Kings 3:9 KJV” Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?”

King Solomon was offered a rare opportunity to ask whatever he wanted. He could quickly have asked for abundance of riches, or the destruction of his enemies. He said give me wisdom that I may be able to rule the people well. 1Kings 3:11 KJV” And God said unto him, because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; “The Lord gave him the wisdom he requested and then added wealth as well. He chose the interest of others first.

Somebody said the word JOY is the abbreviation of the words Jesus first, Others second and Yourself last. Putting others first always spells joy and fulfillment to anyone who does so. Every servant of God is called to be a blessing unto others. The number one task the Lord asked the church to do is to seek the salvation of others. The call to reach out to others is the result of various international missions. You have been called to serve others with the gifts and abilities God has given to you. It is a big error for any minister to take advantage of the people. It is unscriptural for a minister of the gospel to charge money before praying for them. 1Co 9:18 KJV” What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.”

Jesus gave His life for others. John 15:13 KJV” Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends”. Everything about ministry is about others. The word minister means, a servant. One major way to keep yourself from blemish is to make sure that you do not allow any form of selfishness to lead you in anyway. Every scandal that has been made about any minister happened because that individual gave no regard to the principle of others first.  If it is an act of immoral acts, financial misappropriation or any offence of any kind, the underlying cause is SELFISHNESS.

 CONFESSION

I live for God and so I live for God’s purpose for my life. I put others before myself in all I do. God my father is excited with me about my love for others, and continually blesses me. Thank you, Lord.

 FURTHER STUDIES

Philippians 2:3, 4 KJV” Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others”.

Matthew 28:19 & 20 KJV “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen”.

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