I thought this is an interesting take on a verse I preached on recently in Philippians. We can be like Paul and rejoice the gospel is preached; or we can eye up the ‘competition’ (competition?!) and fall prey to the devil!
Some, indeed, preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. –Philippians 1:15
Resolution: Resolved to guard my heart against envy of another servant of Christ by being consciously thankful to God for their ministry, their gifts to the Body, and how God chooses to use them.
In the end, there are two types of preachers. There are those who preach and teach with “good will”, seeking to make Christ known, and there are those who do so for any other reason. Paul mentions the two here, and while the second group is easier to understand, the first group concerns my resolution, rebuking my heart when I feel envy and rivalry, and correcting it back on to the right path. It is interesting that both groups do, outwardly, what Jesus would call us to do, they preach the gospel, maybe even with the same fervor and passion as…
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