I keep hearing a controversy (I think most controversies are, in part, manufactured to stir up trouble) about Kanye West's decision to follow and excitement about Jesus Christ. I heard about Demi Lovato, who was addicted to drugs, being baptized in the Jordan, and Justin Beiber leading worship. This morning, I read about Kevin Hart giving God credit about getting his attention in his accident. What a time to be alive! God is moving! I think, though, there is a warning out there for all of us who like to discuss, discuss, and discuss. We follow Jesus, not any of these leaders.
What we do when we prop up leaders is we set them up for a big fall when they fail (which they most certainly will, because it's our nature). We are human, only one deserves to be lifted high, and HE was on the cross, then sat in glory next to the Father. Instead, we need to be disciple makers, we need to prop up Christ, and seek and save the lost, and for all of these celebrities who have found their way to Christ, pray for godly men and women to surround them to keep them humble and remind them of who Christ is, and who they are in Him. This is our noble duty, We are to stay humble, pray for one another, keep one another humble, and, especially, keep one another focused on Jesus. It's what makes our falls less harsh, we stumble, and realize we need to be humbled, because Jesus, not us, is responsible for our salvation. Let us also pray for people like Barnabus, who came along side Paul when the church was skeptical, who will guide, lead and train these Christians as they seek Christ and to make Him known. We all need one, don't we? We need people to come alongside us to encourage us, to develop our spiritual gifts, to help us mature in our walk, and to walk beside us as we seek the Kingdom. Pray for Kanye, pray for this awakening that is occurring, and pray that, as a church, we can be united in praying for these precious people coming to Jesus Christ. Let us keep our eyes on Him. 1 Corinthians 3
Divisions in the Church
1But I, brothers,a could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. 2I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, 3for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way? 4For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human?
5What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. 6I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. 9For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.
10According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilledb master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. 11For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— 13each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. 14If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. 15If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.
18Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. 19For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” 20and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” 21So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, 22whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.
Footnotes: a 1 Or brothers and sisters b 10 Or wise c 16 The Greek for you is plural in verses 16 and 17