Shut down that new ministry
John 5: 17-18
“In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” 18 For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.”
If Jesus was equal with God then where does that leave them?
If everyone had previously viewed them as a higher authority, with power to lead and control their lives and then on comes Jesus who claims to be above and beyond them, then how do they recover their position?
We all want God to be glorified.
However, how do we feel if we are pushed off top position? How do we feel if we are no longer where we have been, known, applauded and appreciated? We don’t feel good.
There is a tendency to eradicate those who threaten our position. Let’s speak ill of those who are ruining our credibility. We need to remain strong, big and popular.
We wouldn’t be feeling this if God was genuinely exalted. But we often cannot accept the next move of God because it makes us feel like our work is lesser.
So we reject, we discredit and stop the new thing from gaining any more support. We feel justified to hold terrible thoughts of wanting to finish ministries and close down people.
Let’s demonstrate a Christianity that opens doors not shuts them due to our own insecurites.