For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God's word, but as men of sincerity,as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ. (2 Corinthians 2:17 ESV)
Are you a peddler of God's word or a pastor of the Word? Here's how you can tell.
You are peddling God's word if:
- You are in it for personal profit.
- You are in it for personal glory.
- You are in it to build a personal platform.
- You lack sincerity (your concern is to appear superior).
- You haven't been commissioned by God (you've been more or less, self appointed).
- You don't speak in Christ (your message is more self-help, than sermon where you are the guru).
- You are merely a transmitter of information.
Bottom line = Peddlers are prideful and arrogant.
You are a pastor of the Word if:
- You are in it to bless and profit others.
- You are in it for God's glory.
- You are in it to build's God's kingdom.
- You are sincere (in the way you approach people).
- You've been commissioned by God (through a local church).
- You speak in Christ (through expository preaching of the whole counsel of God).
- You are used by the Holy Spirit to bring about transformation.
Bottom line = Pastors are humble servants and shepherds.
Which are you?