What are the motives of that person talking about Christ?

motives, talking, Jesus, reasonWhen you hear some people talking about the Bible or see that they are putting something on a social site about the Bible, you wonder.  You know them and you know that they are the kind of people that should not be talking about the Bible based on how they act.  This may seem judgmental, but a lot of times you wonder when you see and hear some people doing these things.

Paul, in the Bible, was writing about this while in jail.  He knew some people were preaching about Jesus for the wrong reason but came to a conclusion on what he should do about it.  The following is what he wrote about:

It’s true that some here preach Christ because with me out of the way, they think they’ll step right into the spotlight. But the others do it with the best heart in the world. One group is motivated by pure love, knowing that I am here defending the Message, wanting to help. The others, now that I’m out of the picture, are merely greedy, hoping to get something out of it for themselves. Their motives are bad. They see me as their competition, and so the worse it goes for me, the better—they think—for them.

So how am I to respond? I’ve decided that I really don’t care about their motives, whether mixed, bad, or indifferent. Every time one of them opens his mouth, Christ is proclaimed, so I just cheer them on!

And I’m going to keep that celebration going because I know how it’s going to turn out. Through your faithful prayers and the generous response of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, everything he wants to do in and through me will be done. I can hardly wait to continue on my course. I don’t expect to be embarrassed in the least. On the contrary, everything happening to me in this jail only serves to make Christ more accurately known, regardless of whether I live or die. They didn’t shut me up; they gave me a pulpit! Alive, I’m Christ’s messenger; dead, I’m his bounty. Life versus even more life! I can’t lose.  Philippians 1:15-21

Paul realized that as long as God’s Word would be proclaimed, it would be a blessing somewhere no matter the motive.  Do you know how everything is going to turn out?  Do you trust God to take care of the big, medium, and small things?  Are you praying for the generous Spirit of Jesus Christ to bless you and your enemies?

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