Tuesday, March 11, 2008

"Spotlight Spirits"

Beyond the platform, people are paying attention to how we live. Ministry starts when we wake up each morning. How we respond to our neighbors, how we handle "road rage," how people view us at work and in business all impacts the ministries that God has entrusted to us. We can work against the calling on our ministries when our "mess" overshadows the message.

It is amazing how some movement ministers become completely different people in the spotlight, but show a different side of themselves on the internet, in text messages, in e-mails, on the telephone, and in person. We must not be lukewarm, but must be distinct in Who we have chosen to serve. Our message must be consistent and not hypocritical.

People who only behave righteously in front of a crowd have what I call "spotlight spirits." These are those that have bad attitudes, unpleasant personalities, and bad reputations (justifiably so), but are in competition for the title of "Most Extravagant Worshipper." These people often shout the loudest, run around the most, and love to stand out in the crowd. The Lord loves a radical worshipper, but it must be rooted in truth, and not exhibition. Let's pray that our lives and our ministries agree with our conduct and our passion for movement.

Mark 8:33 (NKJV)
"But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, “Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

1 Thessalonians 2:4 (NKJV)
"But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts."

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