The amount of stories that have come out in the last few months about church leaders who are either been caught with a cart full of money or caught up in some type of sexual scandal has truly been jaw-dropping.
It got me thinking. Why is this happening? These are spiritual leaders. Why are they giving in? After all, in 2 Cor. 10:4-5 it says “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God…” So why does it seem that we are NOT doing that?
I am afraid we’ve wandered into an area of comfort and familiarity that has blinded us to the truth.
I think that maybe many are experiencing what Hebrews 5:11 calls “Becoming dull of hearing,” so many of us are just going through the motions of church ministry that we have lost the wonder and awe of who God is.
When is the last time you took a moment to look at the majesty of who God truly is? When was the last time you viewed God the way Isaiah viewed Him in Isaiah 6:1-6? When we view God this way, we’re not going to play with the sin that is around us. We are going to see it for what it is, and we’re going to run from it, rather than playing with it.
The devil wants to take us out. He does not care how he does it, as long as he can do it. He is a patient dude. He is willing to wait as long as he can to rip you apart. In fact, 1 Peter 5:8 says that he is like a lion looking for someone to devour. A lion when hunting will take as long as it takes to hunt its prey and will pounce at just the right moment to devour that prey. The enemy wants to do this to us. This is why we have to be aware of what’s going on around us.
Think about this, we are new creations. We’ve been recused. So because of that Colossians 3 has given us the mandate to get our eyes off of ourselves and look at the majesty of Jesus Christ. When this happens we will kill our flesh. We will put our sinful nature to death because we are alive in Jesus.
So if you’re a pastor or church leader, read Colossians 3 with a fresh set of eyes and understand who you are and make the commitment to look at Jesus over everything else. Look at Him as the majestic Savior that He is, and the lusts of this present world will start to lose their savor.
“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him” (Psalm 34:8).