Hebrews 2:3-4 (KJV)
3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
From when he was a child, Julius knew that there was the call of God upon his life for him to become a minister of the gospel. After receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit, there were certain remarkable spiritual gifts in his life, and as he gave himself steadfastly to prayer and fasting, these spiritual gifts became heightened. Unfortunately, Julius didn’t give himself much to the ministry of the word.
When he felt the time had come for him to launch into the ministry, he started prayer meetings and gathered large crowds because of the spectacular spiritual gifts in his life. The ministry was built on his spiritual gifts and not the Word. Because there was no word for him to teach the people, he was always under pressure to move in spiritual gifts even when the Spirit was not moving. Because of this, he eventually had to resort to gimmicks and tricks in order to meet the expectation of the insatiable crowd.
Julius missed it in ministry because he failed to realize that signs and wonders, miracles, and gifts of the spirit are given by God as a confirmation of our witnesses for Christ. Witnesses for Christ do so by bearing the message of the gospel accurately.
Signs and wonders are a confirmation by God of the message of the gospel. The message is the priority, not signs and wonders. Ministers who change this order will inevitably find themselves in the kind of mess that Julius found himself.
Go into today remembering that God gives the manifestation of the supernatural to confirm your witness of Christ. Spiritual gifts are given to confirm the message of the gospel that your life and doctrine preaches. Every minister should “[s]tudy to shew [himself] approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15.
Prayer: Ask the Lord to help you to serve Him accurately. Ask the Lord to help you build on the foundation of Christ and built accurately so that your work will not be burnt away on judgment day(See 1 Corinthians 3:13-15).
“Lord, Help me that on that day, I will receive your commendation, not your rebuke. Amen.”
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—Abraham Damilola Arigi