Preaching Christ

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries3 Minutes

“Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from good will: The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely…What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.” Philippians 1:15-18 NKJV

Paul knew that there were differences among Believers. Different gifts. Different roles. Different perspectives. Different personalities. While many were inspired by genuine “good will,” some were motivated by selfish ambition, seeking personal gain and recognition. A few were not even sincere.

But he realized that the priority was that the Gospel was proclaimed, and that Christ was being preached. As Jesus Himself had said, “If I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all peoples to Myself” (John 12:32).

Paul might have had differences with some people, but he had learned to rejoice whenever Christ was preached, “whether in pretense or in truth.” Whether or not there was sin in their lives, or they had mixed motives. Whenever anyone shared the Gospel. When anyone told their testimony, whether or not they were articulate.

This recognition should not change our own personal commitment to purity. Paul, in fact, wrote to these same Philippians about having the right motives. That “you may be sincere and without offense.”

But we also need to remember that God can use people with whom we have disagreements. In fact, He can use anyone. As Paul stressed, the key is that “Christ is preached.” This is why it is so important that we talk about Jesus. Other aspects of our faith may be important but the message that changes lives is a message that focuses on Jesus.

In your life, be sure you to seek to please God. That your goal is to serve Him and seek first His Kingdom. That you are seeking to spread the Gospel, and lift up the name of Jesus.


Prayer: Father, cleanse my heart of sin, and help me to be pleasing in Your sight. May others see Jesus in me. Use me to help spread the Gospel. In Jesus’ name. Amen.