Today’s Scripture: 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,) That ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth with us, and laboureth. 1┬áCorinthians 16:15-16

Addictions and ministry…the two don’t sound like they should go together; however, these verses tell us that they should not only be together, but that addicts should be in charge and followed. No, you shouldn’t have a drunk stammering from the pulpit, a song leader who is struggling with using drugs, or a piano player who needs a cigarette break between songs. Rather, you need people who spend their lives ministering to others as the leaders of your church.

Having pastored this church for nearly 44 years, I am so thankful for the many Godly people that have used their lives to further the gospel. So many people have been so faithful through the years that whenever I need someone to take care of an issue, I am confident that I can trust them. Because of their faithfulness, I know I can put them in areas of leadership.

So many of our church members give their all for Christ. Every outreach is seen as an opportunity to reach the lost with the clear gospel. It doesn’t matter how much work is needed, whether or not they are recognized, or how tired they are, they always seem to have something more to give. This is the sign of someone addicted to ministry. It’s never done – there is always one more thing to do, one more person to help, and one more soul to win.

These are the type of people the Apostle Paul said should be leaders. Because they are always looking out for the betterment of others, they deserve the respect given for their positions. The Apostle Paul pleaded that we would submit to everyone who gives their lives to the ministry. Whether it is the pastor, the Sunday school teacher, or the faithful church worker, their service to the Lord deserves our respect and submission.

Thank God for the people you know who give themselves wholly to the Lord, and determine that you will follow their leadership.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder