For today’s meditation we would turn our attention to Paul’s first letter to the Church at Corinth and look at couple of verses from Chapter 16.
1 Corinthians 16:15, “I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)”
Dictionary defines ‘Addiction’ as the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance or activity. Simply put anything which is done repeatedly and which one enjoys turns into an addiction.
Though there are various addictions in world today like addiction to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, pornography, playing online games, compulsive shopping or the need to be ever present on social media, none of them are good for the person and hence is not encouraged by society at large.
Even Bible condemns these addictions hence it comes as a surprise that Paul chooses this particular word only to describe the attitude of Stephanas’s household towards ministry of saints!
However Paul was talking about the mindset of this household and how they are ever ready to serve the saints. This was a passion for them and they enjoyed doing it. While meditating on this passage, I realized that Paul was not only talking about the serving part but also about being ever present, ever ready to do so.
Hence for me being addicted would equate to Being Willing to Serve plus Being Available at all Times.
I am sure that many of us want to serve Jesus with the talents He has given us, we love doing it and probably end up doing an amazing job as well but how many times have we done it vis-a-vis how many times that job was required to be done is the question that we need to explore.
For example, you have been gifted by God to share the word. Do you do it only in Church and that too when the Pastor asks you to do it or so you share the same whenever you see an opportunity which maybe even at your workplace! Or maybe we have a burden to pray, do we pray only when asked by someone or only when we are in Church or do we uphold people even in our personal prayers.
When we sit to read the word, do we read it with an expectation that today Holy Spirit would give you a new revelation which would encourage you or do you read the word as a ritual.
All these instances are examples of a passionate and addicted mindset versus a lukewarm mindset.
Jesus in his lifetime on Earth showed that passion many times. He was ever ready to heal those who believed, ever ready to teach people and even that famous incident where he cleaned the temple and drove out the money lenders and those who did business inside the Temple of God showed His passion towards serving God and honouring Him. He showed the true meaning of being passionate about serving and glorifying the Father and thereby left us an example of what being addicted to God’s service truly means.
David says in Psalm 69:9, “for zeal for your house consumes me”
When the zeal of God would consume you and motivate and drive you to do things which would glorify Jesus’s name then we can truly say that we are addicted to serving Jesus.
What are you addicted to today? We live in end times and never know when Jesus would come back and take His people with Him in everlasting life. Though we know those people would be the ones called by His name but am pretty sure that one common trait among them would be their passion, zeal, addiction towards living God and doing His will.
Our sincere prayer is that all reading this blog would be addicted to Jesus because this addiction alone can lead you to an everlasting life.
God bless you!
Your brother in Christ