Hello precious reader. Thank you for coming again to read from me.
You know, I wasn’t going to write to you this week. Normally I’d prepare the post before Friday and do some touches before posting on Friday. However this time I wasn’t going to write to you but just this morning, a thought dropped in my heart while I was in the bathroom… More like a conclusion dropped in my heart and when I traced it, I realized the thought had been processing for a while… and I thought it’d bless you, that’s why I’m writing to you today.
Glory to God.
Among believers, especially the young ones, teenagers and youths, we find the common question; “Who do you listen to?“. By this, they mean which preacher you follow closely or which group of preachers you listen to.
Often when you listen to a believer speak, you can almost know who they listen to (at least in this part of the world where I am) and who they follow closely.
This kind of question is really good because it, in a way, keeps you accountable to a brother or sister. I mean, imagine you told me you don’t listen to anybody or you don’t read anybody, I will try to make you understand the importance of being taught, how greatly your error margin will reduce when you are taught.
Now, as good as this question is, I want to show you an even better question which is “WHY?“. Why do you follow that person? Why do you attend that assembly of the church? Why have you chosen that pastor as your mentor? Why have you called him your Spiritual Father? Why is it her teachings you prefer? Why’s it her Bible Study team you belong in?
Ignoring the reason is as dangerous, if not more, than not listening or following at all.
We may follow the same teacher but not for the same reason. We may attend the same assembly but not for the same reason. We may be disciples of the same person but not for the same reason. Listen to me, we may listen to the same message but not for the same reason.
Reasons can be dangerous. They can be as thorns on the ground choking life out of everything you receive.
I intend to make this post as short as possible.
Listen, five thousand men have just been fed by Jesus, He crosses over to the other side of the river and these people go after Him… Let’s assume not all five thousand went after Him. Let’s say four thousand… When they found Jesus, He revealed the reason they were looking for Him and He disapproves of their motive.
John 6:26 (KJV)
Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.
Do you see that? These people crossed the water by ship and you would think they were passionate and faithful followers of Jesus. You would think they were searching really for Jesus because they now had a revelation of who He is.
Now, let me just mention that Jesus wasn’t encouraging them to follow him for miracles when he said “not because you saw the miracles” (After all, they being fed by Him was a miracle). Let me explain, remember Jesus said the signs He performed were to prove to them that He is who He said He is (did you see what I did there… Ahaha), so essentially when He said “miracles“, He was talking about the people being convinced of who He really is.
I hope you understand that.
The moment Jesus began to speak about Himself and what He will do, they left Him… This shows they didn’t come for Him, they came for what He could give, including miracles, as long as it benefited their flesh… Ah!! you need to understand this…. Maybe you should read again from the last two paragraphs.
Listen to me, I’m about to cause a stir. If you follow a preacher or ministry because they perform miracles, you are wrong, if you follow because they give you packages, you are wrong, if you follow because you can get connections, you are wrong, if you follow because it brings you closer to important people in the society, you are wrong, if you follow because it’s a good platform to display your skills and talents, you are wrong… Listen you shouldn’t even follow because they teach you church growth principles, prosperity principles, how to perform miracles, how to access the healing anointing, if you follow because they know how to pray and kill your enemies, you are wrong.
There are many other reasons people follow a preacher or a ministry, some follow to get a wife and some as silly as because they have a good scenery to take pictures. I can’t say everything but anything that is not the reason I’m about to state is wrong.
Note; There are gifts in the body but maybe reading 1 Corinthians 12 from 27 to 31 will help you understand.
So why do we follow? Why should we come?
I will, in the words of Jesus’ disciples and Jesus, Himself, answer that question.
Jesus began to explain to the multitude that crossed over searching for Him that He is the bread of life. Teaching for some time, the people realized this wasn’t what they came for and they left Jesus. He then turned to the disciples and asked if they would leave also and Peter responded. Oh! thank God for Peter. He said, and this is the reason we follow;
John 6:68-69 (KJV)
Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.
And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.
Miracles in the body are the workings of the Holy Spirit but not the essence and purpose of the body. The reason we follow is the revelation, the teaching, the lifting up of Jesus Christ above all, yea, even above principles no matter how godly they seem. Christ must be lifted up above our flesh, its desires and drives.
This is what Jesus said;
John 6:27,68-69 (KJV)
Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
That is it. I don’t know how else to conclude this post than to say you should read it again to make sure you haven’t developed anything against miracles and all, instead you have become intentional about putting what lasts forever first and prioritizing properly.
Thank you for joining me this week.
I’ll write to you next week, God willing.
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True message. ” A must not do away ” message in the body of Christ.
This is a Mind blowing message.
To chase after Christ and the things of the kingdom should be our number one aim. The rest things will surely come.
Chasing after the rest things without first the kingdom n his righteousness, won’t pay.
Thank you sir , for this powerful liberating message.
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Amen man of God
Thank you so much Pastor! I’m blessed as always. And this calls for a heart check. Who do I listen to? Who do I follow? Why have I come?
The LORD bless you more sir.
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Amen man of God
I pray this message go viral, it is well scripted and insightful.
God bless you Pastor Rolly.
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Amen man of God. God bless you too.