Romans 15:20 It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation.
In order to truly brag about your accomplishments you have to be standing on something you built not borrowed.
In the movie, “American Gangster” Denzell Washington plays a notorious drug dealer who has made a claim to fame by selling heroin dubbed “Blue Magic.” He has a rival who moves in on his turf and sells a cheaper version that is killing people with the same name. Denzell or “Frank” confronts his rival and says, “you can call it what you want but don’t call it ‘Blue Magic.'” He was building an inferior product on somebody else’s foundation.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is no drug! It sets people free from addiction and takes them higher than any illegal substance. But there are people still trying to push an inferior product where other people have laid a solid foundation.
When the gospel is preached it’s supposed to make people and the community better unless it’s been laced with ego and watered down with hidden agendas.
If pastors and people are sincere about preaching the Gospel they will make sure:
1. Their ambitions take them to places where people need the Gospel not where people are already being served. We should be the kind of people who want to see people who ain’t got it …get it!
2. We shouldn’t build on someone else’s foundation. Paul said, “I never started a church where someone else already had.” Churches are not in competition we are in cooperation. We must pray about where God is sending us. There is a unique niche of people that God is sending you to that need to hear the Gospel in a fresh new way.
3. Make sure you preach Jesus and not your own brand. Don’t call it the Gospel of Jesus when the people see more of you then they do him. Jesus said, “If I (Jesus) be lifted up I’ll draw all men!”
Build on your own foundation! Be ambitious to preach Jesus and not your self. Each tub has to hold its own water.
Help me to be brave enough to go places that no one else has dared to go. Give me the grace to be successful and not fearful. Sustain me where you take me. Give me the capacity to hold what you give me in the place you take me.
In Jesus Name,