Your very first responsibility
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
–1 Corinthians 15:58
Billy Graham once said, “Too many Christian churches, television and radio programs have been geared to please, to entertain and to gain the favor of this world – (but) within the New Testament there is no indication that Christians should be healthy, wealthy and always successful in this present age.”
Every time I preach at church or look into a television camera, I’m reminded that it is my first and foremost responsibility to be faithful and true to the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. And the pure Gospel is not always pleasing. But as Christians, we must never sedate the message. We must please God first! And when we please God, there will be opposition.
As Christians, we’re going to ruffle some feathers at times. This will happen any time you stand for truth. But when people argue against us, we must make sure they’re resistant to our message, not our methods. We have to preach the Word, but do so in love.
Don’t let resistance discourage you from standing on God’s truth. Instead, keep your feet planted firmly in the Gospel, speaking the truth in love and standing for your Savior. When that’s your focus, God will use you to reach others for Christ!
INSTEAD OF TRYING TO GAIN FAVOR IN THE WORLD, YOUR FIRST RESPONSIBILITY IS TO STAND ON GOD’S SOLID TRUTH!