BABA APERIRE VS BABA ADEBOYE (Part 2)
This is the second and last part of this Message.
In the first part, I shared about Baba Aperire who is serving God in a remote village of Lafiade, abandoned the luxury and necessities of the city and serving God in the Bush. And on the opposite side is Baba Adeboye who is serving God in the city but needs some necessities of private jets and others to effectively serve God.
Now I need to clarify this: God can call someone to serve Him in village and another person to serve Him in the city, but the issue is that we must serve Him in moderation in line with the word of God.
The work of God still involve stress, hardship and sacrifice, either in the city or in the village. When a minister of God want to get everything necessary for easy work of God, then somethings are wrong.
Some people are saying private jets, exotic and expensive cars are necessary for God’s work, I ask, are they serving people or people are serving them? When it is too stressful for a minister of God to take public flight, then somethings are wrong with those ministers. The problem of these ministers is not private jet but worldliness.
Some people say Pastor Adeboye and other private jets cabals in the ministry have suffered before so they are eating the past labor. I ask, is it in this world Jesus promised to prepare mansions for us or in heaven? Is it in this world we are going to fly with private jet or at the rapture?
Those ministers who are rewarding or receiving reward of mansions, private jets, exotic cars have received their rewards on earth already, they have nothing to receive in heaven, that is the reason they preach more on earthly things than heavenly things, because they have no heaven to go. Watch it, all these private jets pastors in America or Africa predominantly preach prosperity and earthly blessings, how often do they preach on holiness, restitution, contentments, rapture, second coming of Jesus?
Some said pastors receive private jets as gifts, not that they bought it by themselves, then I answered, “The worst level a minister of God can find himself is to receive every gift offers to him” So if they were Elisha, they would definitely have received gifts from Naaman. They collected private jets gift because they feel they needed them, if they saw private jets unnecessary, they wouldn’t have collected it. So they don’t only buy or collect one, but two, three, and more.
Now, let’s go back to the story of Baba Aperire vs baba Adeboye, and let me ask you this simple question and I need your sincere answer. If God should ask Baba Aperire in Lafiade village to move to the city and tells baba Adeboye to move to the village with the same lifestyle of Baba Aperire, how easy would that be for baba Adeboye? To take public trucks and buses to village and live there, somebody who find it too stressful taking 5 star commercial airlines.
That is reason we need moderation to serve God acceptably, either in the city or in the village, so we can easily adjust to any situation in God’s work.
Apostle Paul said, “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:11-13.
Can your Daddy G.O, senior pastor or bishop say the same thing like Paul? Can a pastor living in mansion, flying with private jet say the same thing as Paul said it? Think about it.
Call into Christian ministry is a call into Christ’s army, to be a genuine minister of God is to be a soldier of Christ, well trained to adjust and endure any hardship, and there is no graduation in serving until you endure to heaven. Not that you serve to a particular point and expect to be served and play seniority and lorship over others, that is a common heresy in ministry today, that you will not find Bible training for soldiers of Christ.
When you are called into ministry, you are called to serve, not to be served, you are called into moderation – not necessarily being poor and never being wealthy and extravagant, but godliness, contentment and moderation.
2 Timothy 2:3-5, “You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.”
God bless you.
Please note that the story of Baba Aperire is from a Christian movie “The Forgotten Ones” by Mount Zion Faith Ministry. Nigeria.