“15 It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. 16 The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains.[a] 18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice”
~ Philippians 1:15-18 ~
I really really like this attitude of Paul, how I desire to have such attitude and heart as well, to just serve and strive for God alone without any of my own fleshly desires and thinking, not to be concerned with what others are saying, and not to say anything about others. Honestly, many times we as the so-called Christians really lack the attitude and example of Christ in the things we do and say.
The Lord Jesus wants us to preach the Gospel, train up disciples, and not to spend our time noticing and judging what other churches or pastors are doing, finding faults with other churches, pointing fingers at their wrongs… The Lord Jesus has never called us to do all that! Too many times Christians really do not know God’s heart! What are we going to do with this kind of attitude when we get to heaven, or are we all not getting there at all…
Truly, as the Chinese proverb says “We all sprout from the same root, why in such a hurry to kill each other?”