Reality television has catapulted seemingly unknown people into the limelight. Social networking can make any average Joe a trending topic on Twitter. Everybody is looking for their 15 minutes of fame. This is the reason why folks who can’t sing a lick wait in line for hours on end just to audition for American Idol. They hope to become the next William Hung. Each hoping to start their own “Pants on the Ground” movement.
“…and [the devil] said to him, To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will” (Luke 4:6)
The Church is not exempt from this phenomenon. There are many who desire to enter ministry for the wrong reasons. Hoping to climb the ranks and become the next insert world renown televangelist here. Jesus refused to go the easy route. This is because he understood what it meant to have true authority from God.
True authority is given when you can be trusted.
David was anointed king and sent right back in the field to tend sheep. Paul was knocked on his behind (literally) and still spent years cultivating his new faith. They didn’t receive God-given authority until God felt that he could trust them. When it comes to ministry, may we be ever mindful of the reasons we desire a position…especially without considering the cost.
Question: How do you feel about Christians attempting to enter ministry on a “fast track”? Dangerous or discerning of the times we live in?