Don’t be dazzled by their Twitter following
“Have you heard who’s coming to preach next year!?”
We want our Bible teachers to be great in the same way our society defines greatness: celebrity-status, Twitter followers and book deals.
We’re dazzled by fame. But fame doesn’t equal faithfulness.
The Corinthians were exactly the same. They got sucked into listening to false teachers who bragged about themselves (2 Corinthians 11:18).
They were even ready to chuck out the apostle Paul for these impressive ‘super-apostles’ (2 Corinthians 11:18). But these guys weren’t super at all. They were pretenders.
They rejected the gospel and didn’t live to honour Christ (2 Corinthians 11:4). Following them wasn’t just distracting. It was deadly (2 Corinthians 11:15).
It so easy to let the sparkle of celebrity and status shine brightly in our hearts. It so easy for it to appear as great strength.
The real deal
But if a leader’s greatest strength is in their fame and following, it’s nothing short of their greatest weakness.
This is why Paul boasted in his weakness. Because through it, Christ’s strength could be seen most clearly (2 Corinthians 12:9).
He begged the Corinthians to listen to him, not because he was TED Talk material, but because he taught the true gospel (2 Corinthians 1:1).
And it’s impossible for us to believe this gospel while celebrating strength and status.
Our Great Leader
We don’t have the apostle Paul with us, but we do have leaders who teach us the Bible. Listen to those who talk about Christ’s greatness, not about how great they are.
Listen to leaders who model Jesus, our meek and gentle Lord who revealed his strength to save by dying in weakness (1 Corinthians 1:18).
Don’t be dazzled by the fake strength of status. Be dazzled by this Jesus, who was the greatest leader because he made himself nothing.