What I Read Today;
1 Peter 3-4; Acts 15; Jeremiah 26; Psalm 104; Judges 19-20
By modern standards, Jeremiah had to be the worst preacher in the history of preachers. He sure didn’t meet his growth targets. He managed to alienate most of the people he ministered to. Jeremiah really didn’t understand how to send a positive message.
Jeremiah chose to be faithful to God’s Word, and he left the results to God.
In today’s church, we tend to believe that successful ministries are the ones that are the biggest. While some megachurch pastors are faithful to the word, many others have compromised the message in exchange for adding membership.
Don’t believe that Jesus is the only way to Heaven? That’s OK.
Don’t believe that Christians should strive to live a holy life? No problem.
Today, for every Jeremiah, there are a hundred preachers who will tell you what you want to hear. If you flip through the Christian TV channels or search for books in your local Barnes and Noble, you’ll find all sorts of messages. Some preachers will tell you that if you have enough faith, God will bless you with so much money you won’t be able to spend it all. Some preachers will tell you if your faith is strong enough, you will never get sick. Some will never preach anything other than God’s love, forgetting about his holiness.
That’s how you build a membership list. Not how you make disciples.
Jeremiah was faithful to the message God gave him. By every measure, his message failed. Jeremiah’s message failed to our human eyes, but in God’s eyes, he was a complete success.