"Do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you..." (Luke 10:20)
'Worldliness is not the trap that most endangers us as Christian workers; nor is it sin. The trap we fall into is extravagantly desiring spiritual success; that is, success measured by, and patterned after, the form set by this religious age in which we now live. Never seeking after anything other than the approval of God, and always be willing to go "outside the camp, bearing His reproach" (Hebrews 13:13). In Luke 10:20, Jesus told the disciples not to rejoice in successful service, and yet this seems to be the one thing in which most of us do rejoice. We have a commercialized view - we count how many souls have been saved and sanctified, we thank God, and then we think everything is alright. Yet our work only begins where God's grace has laid the foundation'. ~ Oswald Chambers "The Warning Against Desiring Spiritual Success (My Utmost for His Highest)
This spiritual thirst is not one of increasing and equipping the kingdom of God but rather one of control and building empires of "self". It has grieved me to see the backlash on social medias, the slander and the ungodly behavior many are engaging in to reach that success. They slander, gossip, and curse one another with the word of God as they twist them to justify their actions. They discredit one another to prove themselves to be more. They throw their titles around as to intimidate others and prove their anointing. This is foolish! We are the Body of Christ. Each one of us. Title or no title. We are all subject to God. No one is exempt. Why are we comparing our gifts and anointing? Why are we competing to be greater? Why are we striving for more churches, bigger facilities and ministries? What is our true motive in serving God? Is it because we desire to build the Kingdom of God or our own?